The Muse with Geniuses

Tanaquil Le Clercq with Corrado Cagli, Vittorio Rieti and George Balanchine. Photo by Irving Penn, 1948.
Tanaquil was a French ballet dancer and principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. Her dancing career ended abruptly when she was stricken with polio in Copenhagen during the company’s European tour in 1956. Eventually regaining most of the use of her arms and torso, she remained paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of her life.