Maria Tallchief memorial planned in Chicago

FILE - This Sept. 14, 1953 file photo shows Maria Tallchief, prima ballerina of the New York City Ballet, in Tschaikowsky's "Swan Lake" during the opening performance of the company's engagement at the Scala Theater in Milan, Italy. Tallchief died died Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Chicago at the age of 88. Tallchief joined the company that would become the New York City Ballet in 1948. She was married for a time to George Balanchine, who founded the School of American Ballet in New York. Tallchief worked with Balanchine on such masterpieces as 1949's "Firebird" and his now-historic version of "The Nutcracker." (AP Photo, file)

May 5, 2013 11:16:27 AM PDT
A public memorial was scheduled Sunday to celebrate the legacy of an American ballerina who helped bring the Joffrey Ballet to Chicago.

Maria Tallchief Paschen passed away April 11 at the age of 88.

She was director of ballet for Chicago's Lyric Opera in the 1970s and founded the Chicago City Ballet.

Sunday's memorial was at Francis Parker school on Webster Avenue at 3 p.m.