#TBT: Yvonne Chouteau In Memoriam

Yvonne Chouteau, former ballerina with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and one of Oklahoma City Ballet’s founding artistic directors, died on Sunday at 86 years old. Chouteau was one of the “Five Moons,” five Native American ballerinas from Oklahoma who gained international acclaim in 20th century. (The others’ names you might recognize: Marjorie andMore »

Director’s Notes: Kicking Their Heels in Cow Town

Mills coaching Miki Kawamura and Alvin Tovstogray (photo by Amy Haley, courtesy OKCB)

Some might call it bravado. Others would say fightin’ spirit. When Robert Mills grabbed the reins of a struggling Ballet Oklahoma in 2008, the company was at a crossroads: To sink under a $400,000 deficit or to merge with Tulsa Ballet. “I wanted to show them what ballet could really do for this community,” saysMore »