School of Dance

The University of Oklahoma
School of Dance 

is considered one of the leading programs in the nation for training in ballet and modern dance techniques. Classes include beginning to advanced levels in ballet and modern dance technique, pointe, men’s class, composition, Pilates body conditioning, pantomime, ballet and modern dance repertoire, pas de deux, teaching methods, choreography, and a complete series of courses in dance history.  Live accompaniment is provided for all technique classes.

Our students, who come from across the United States and around the world, enjoy a wide spectrum of performance opportunities, beginning with spring and fall productions scheduled in our home theatres. State, regional and international tours, operas and musicals, and lecture demonstrations provide additional performance outlets, as does the annual Young Choreographers’ Showcase.

The School of Dance's History

OU School of Dance: Miguel Terekhov and Yvonne Chouteau

The School of Dance had its official beginning in 1961 when Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo principals Miguel Terekhov and Yvonne Chouteau were invited to “teach a few classes.” Response to these classes was overwhelming and Terekhov was subsequently invited to develop the present program and curricula incorporating modern dance into the new department. The program quickly rose to national prominence with a reputation for strong performance capabilities and for the quality and professionalism of its graduates.  In recognition of its growth in national stature and continued professionalism and national rankings, the Department of Dance was elevated to the School of Dance in 1998. 

From its inception, the school has been performance-oriented and now boasts two active performing companies. Oklahoma Festival ballet has a repertoire of more than 50 ballets and Contemporary Dance Oklahoma performs a variety of original works. Both companies perform works from the national repertoire. 

Our former students have established professional careers in dance with the Louisville Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Texas Ballet Theatre, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Austin, Alvin Ailey Ensemble, The Martha Graham Dance Ensemble, Pearl Lang Dance Theatre, Dance Kaleidoscope, Ballet Hispanico, the Rioult Dance Company, Oberlin Dance Collective and Ballet West as well as in Broadway musicals and national touring Companies. Others teach in professional schools and colleges, while still others are involved as choreographers, managers and arts administrators. 

The New York Times, POINTE magazine, Dance Teacher and Dance Magazine have given enthusiastic reviews to our performances and programs, and our companies have been honored by the American College Dance Festival. Over four decades after its establishment, the University of Oklahoma School of dance continues to grow and thrive and to offer its students the very best in educational and performance opportunities.