Biographical / Historical
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, to a Ukrainian immigrant father and a Charraúa Indian mother, Miguel Terekhov fell in love with dance at age seven after watching a ballet performance. He went on to have a professional career in ballet, dancing with two of the most influential touring companies of the 20th century. From 1942-47, Terekhov performed with Colonel Wassily de Basil's Original Ballets Russe and then with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo from 1954-58 as a principal dancer. He was best known as performer of character roles, such as the Shah in Scheherazade, Hilarion in Giselle, Dr. Coppelius in Coppelia, and as the General and Headmistress in Graduation Ball. Born in Fort Worth but growing up in Vinita, OK, part French and part Shawnee-Cherokee, dancer Yvonne Chouteau began dancing at age 2 1/2 and was accepted into the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo at age 14. Her first solo role was the Prayer in Coppelia and she was soon dancing major roles in Raymonda, Paquite, The Nutcracker and Pas de Quatre. While on tour with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Terekhov and Chouteau met and married . She left the company in 1957 when she was expecting her first child. In 1961, Terekhov and Chouteau began teaching in what is now the School of Dance at the University of Oklahoma. In 1963, they became the first artistic directors of the Oklahoma City Civic Ballet, now the Oklahoma City Ballet, bringing in numerous internationally acclaimed dancers to perform with the company in its early years As Chair of the (then) Department of Dance at OU, Terekhov designed a rigorous curriculum that is still largely followed today. He choreographed over thirty ballets, including 7 full-length ballets, operas and musicals, and taught courses in ballet technique, teaching methods, choreography, and dance history. Miguel Terekhov died in 2012 and Yvonne Chouteau died in 2016.