Yvonne Chouteau obituary

Dancer with ‘an ethereal quality’ who helped establish classical ballet in the US

In the late 1930s and early 40s, five remarkably gifted ballerinas began their professional careers in the US. All were of Native American descent and were to play an important role in the establishment of classical ballet in America. The youngest of them was Yvonne Chouteau, who has died aged 86.

Tall for a dancer, blonde and extremely slender, Chouteau began her professional career with Sergei Denham’s Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1941, aged only 14, and according to the dancer Frederic Franklin, “looking even younger”. But, he added, “she was very talented and had an ethereal quality that was unique.”

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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