Dance Day - Maria Tallchief Paschen

Today we’re playing our favorite music and dancing the day away! Join us as we learn about all different kinds of dance and get some movement in today. Today’s theme is inspired by Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member Maria Tallchief Paschen. Her hometown was Fairfax, Oklahoma. Dancing from a young age, Paschen made her debut at the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in Canada. She was instrumental in the creation of the New York City Ballet and soon became a prima ballerina. Paschen was honored along with four other Oklahoma Indian ballerinas, including her sister, with a mural at the Oklahoma State Capitol. You can learn more by reading Maria Tallchief Paschen’s Oklahoma Hall of Fame biography.

Several of the 5 Prima Ballerinas are members of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Check out their biographies here: Marjorie Tallchief Skibine, Moscelyne Larkin Jasinski, and Yvonne Chouteau Terekhov.

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Movie Time! There’s dancing in so many great movies, but one of our favorites is Happy Feet! You can rent and stream it now. You can also watch this recent tribute to the 5 prima ballerinas!


Storytime! Can animals dance? We like to think so, but we love Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae. You can also hear the story read aloud here!


Arts & Crafts! This awesome coffee filter ballerina craft is so fun and you can make so many different tutus! All dancers need music and this resource shows you how to make your own instruments.


Make & Eat it! Dancers have to practice a lot and are always on the go, so they need healthy, quick meals! Try these delicious looking greek yogurt pancakes from Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman.

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Listen to it! Dancers need music of course! Check out these fun dance songs for the whole family. Spotify has another great dance playlist!

Keep learning more of Oklahoma’s Story! We hope that you have a fun time at home dancing the day away! As always, there’s more to this Oklahoma story, come back tomorrow and we’ll have more for you to explore! Please post pictures of your Dance Day and share them with us: #ohofathome

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