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A signature from the "Five Moons" ballerina on a Christmas card to John Willis, Editor of Theatre World. Extremely rare!
Holiday card signed: "Thank you for your card, Mr. Willis -/ Miguel and Yvonne/ Terekhov Chouteau", in black ink, 6¼x8¾ open flat, 6¼x4½ closed. Yvonne Chouteau (1929-2016) was a prima ballerina and one of Oklahoma's "Five Moons", a set of Native American ballerinas also featuring Rosella Hightower, Moscelyne Larkin, and Marjorie and Maria Tallchief. Chouteau studied at the School of American Ballet in New York after being inspired by ballerina Alexandra Danilova. She was a great success at the school, and was accepted into the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. At 14, she was the youngest dancer ever accepted. She was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame at the age of 18. Choteau married dancer Miguel Terekhov in 1956, and together they formed the first fully accredited university dance program in the United States, the School of Dance at the University of Oklahoma. In 2004, she was honored in with the inaugural National Cultural Treasures Award by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian for her contributions to the cultural heritage of Native Americans. John A. Willis (1916-2010), active in Theatre World from the beginning, became its chief editor in 1965, holding that position until 2008. Willis is regarded as one of the foremost theatre and film historians of the 20th century. While producing (and presenting) the annual Theatre World Awards, Willis also served on the nominating committee for the Tony Awards. Theatre World, which received its own Tony for Excellence in Theatre in 2001, continues under chief editor Ben Hodges. Stain in center of card. Corners slightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: March 7, 1929 in Fort Worth, Texas
Died: January 24, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Film Credits
2005 Ballets russes (in person)

Theatre Credits
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo - Performer (April 9, 1944 - April 30, 1944)

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