Tribute to a Muse.
Since Tanaquil Le Clercq's death on December 31, 2000, many have memorialized the New York City Ballet star's individual style and incredible versatility. She was "George Balanchine's ideal muse and Jerome Robbins's happiest inspiration" during the 1940s and 1950s, wrote Anna Kisselgoff in Le Clercq's New York Times obituary. And in this month's issue of Dance Magazine, Allegra Kent remembers Tanny as a dancer and role model who had "no limit to her range and artistry." Many in today's dance world weren't lucky enough to see Le Clercq perform; tragically, polio forced her to stop dancing at the height of her career in 1956. This collection of photos offers a hint of her artistry and breadth. The NYCB's Winter Season was dedicated in loving memory to Tanaquil Le Clercq. (See Transitions on page 62.)