Chouteau was one of five American Indian ballerinas from Oklahoma who danced with the various Ballets Russes companies. When she was 12 years old, she left Oklahoma for New York City, where she was given a scholarship to the School of American Ballet. In 1943, at age 14, she joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo where she rose from the corps de ballet to ballerina. Her first solo role was Prayer in Coppelia (1945), for which she was coached by the great ballerina Alexandra Danilova. She married Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo soloist Miguel Terekhov in 1954 and together they established the first fully-accredited dance department in the United States at the University of Oklahoma, Norman (1962). Yvonne Chouteau is retired and lives in Oklahoma.
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