Yvonne Chouteau (1929- )
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Although she is best known as a ballerina, Yvonne Chouteau began her career as a Shawnee dancer. An experienced powwow dancer by the age of three, Yvonne was introduced to a wider audience when she performed at festivities celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Oklahoma’s statehood in 1932. Yvonne quickly became a sough after performer, appearing at the World’s Fairs in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco.
At age five, Yvonne began studying ballet. At age 12, she won a scholarship to the American School of Ballet in New York City. Two years later, she joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as the company’s youngest ever dancer.
After performing around the world with the Ballet Russe, Yvonne returned to Oklahoma with her husband Miguel Terekhov. The couple founded both the Oklahoma City Ballet and the dance program at the University of Oklahoma, the first fully accredited university dance program in the United States.