NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma School of Dance will host a memorial celebration to honor dancer Miguel Terekhov at 3 p.m. Sunday at Holmberg Hall in OU's Reynolds Performing Arts Center.
Terekhov, along with his wife, Yvonne Chouteau, founded the initial program in dance at OU in 1963. Terekhov died Jan. 3 at he age of 83.
As principal dancers with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and Terekhov with Col. Wassily de Basil's Original Ballet Russe earlier, the two arrived in Oklahoma City in 1961 with two baby daughters in tow to visit Chouteau's parents.
C.E. Chouteau, Yvonne's father, convinced then-OU President George Lynn Cross that ballet classes would be an excellent addition to courses in physical education.
Terekhov built the university's program, established in 1963 as one of the first fully accredited curricula in dance in the United States.
The memorial event will honor Terekhov's life as a performer, choreographer and teacher.
A photo montage will present details from his early career with the Original Ballet Russe and Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Video clips will show him rehearsing pas de deux with Yvonne Chouteau.
Excerpts from some of his ballets such as “Firebird,” “Verdi Divertimento” and the “Osage Variation” from “The Four Moons” will be danced. A section from Mary Margaret Holt's “Balletudes” will demonstrate the technical strength of the program built by Terekhov and his wife.
Contemporary Dance Oklahoma will present work addressing Terekhov's reinforcement of modern dance.
Speakers will include Holt, director of the School of Dance since 1998, and Marcelo Angelini, artistic director of Tulsa Ballet.
A reception will follow in the School of Dance Gallery, Room 3040 in the Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center.
Tickets are $20, available at the box office at Catlett Music Center, 500 W Boyd St., or by calling 325-4101.
All proceeds will benefit the Chouteau-Terekhov Scholarship Fund established by the Terekhov family.
Terekhov is survived by his wife; daughter Christie Conway, her husband, Kevin, and their sons Sean and Ryan; and daughter Elizabeth Impallomeni.