My first love in performance has always been dance. I studied ballet for about five years before turning to music and then theater as career goals. However, the dedication and lyricism of ballet dancers has stuck with me as inspiration for all of my artistic work. Maria Tallchief was a dancer whose story I found especially inspirational as a kid and I was sad to hear of her death this week at age 88. In tribute, here is a short video of one of our characters from Cabinets of Kismet, the Swirl Dancer, dancing to the Berceuse from Stravinsky’s The Firebird, probably Tallchief’s most famous role. Thank you for adding beauty to the world, Maria Tallchief.