The Ballerina Gallery
Tanaquil Le Clercq
1929 - 2000
New York City Ballet


Photo: Baron

Photo: Baron

Photo: Baron

Photo: Baron

Photo: Baron

Photo: Baron

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Tanaquil Le Clercq was born in Paris 1929. She studied at the School of American Ballet. Principal dancer of the New York City Ballet. She was George Balanchine's fifth wife. In 1956 she became permanently paralyzed by polio while touring in Europe.

Repertoire includes:
The Four Temperaments, Symphonie Concertante, Symphony in C, Elegie, Bourrée Fantasque, Jones Beach, La Valse, Caracole, The Nutcracker, Divertimento No. 15 (all by Balanchine).

She died December 31, 2000, in New York City.

Read more:
Tanaquil Le Clercq on Estelle's dance pages.