Cyd Charisse grew up in Amarillo, Texas. Before she became known as Cyd Charisse she was called Tula Ellice Finklea. No one at that time could ever imagine her on the front covers of Life, Newsweek, Look, and in every movie magazine. But luckily for us Cyd’s father loved the ballet and wanted his daughter to dance. She danced her way into the Ballet Russe at the age of fourteen. Miss Finklea performed as Felia Sidorova, a combination of her last name and her nickname “Sid”. While traveling the world she found her true calling.