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