Afternoon with a Fawn

Ballet prodigy Tanaquil Le Clercq
Ballet prodigy Tanaquil Le Clercq

If you feel like escaping out of Nolita, then this would be an ideal afternoon escape…. take yourself up to New York’s beautiful Lincoln Center and check out this fantastic Ballet documentary: Afternoon with a Fawn. This is the true sad story of a ballet dancing prodigy Tanaquil Le Clercq. The movie is directed by Nancy Buirski who captures this tragic tale of George Balanchine’s muse and fifth wife Tanny as her friends called her catching the Polio virus at 27.

Tanny was paralyzed virtually overnight from the waist down and left debilitated for the rest of her entire life. How cruel life can be sometimes. This story is a must see for any ballet enthusiasts who can appreciate one of the ballet greats!

Ballet prodigy Tanaquil Le Clercq
Ballet prodigy Tanaquil Le Clercq

George Balanchine in 1955 with his wife Tanaquil Le Clercq

Tanny as a young dancer
Tanny as a young dancer