Community Engagement Teacher
Macaira Pinto, a native Oklahoman, began dancing with Yvonne Chouteau, one of the five internationally recognized Oklahoma Native American ballerinas. She continued her studies at Classical Ballet School, Oklahoma City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, and with David Howard. Pinto earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet Performance from the University of Utah, studying under Conrad Ludlow, Bene Arnold, Attila Ficzere, and Richard Wacko. She was a member of the Utah Ballet Company and the Character Dance Ensemble.
Pinto danced professionally with Oklahoma City Ballet, performing various soloist and corps de ballet roles including Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dawn in Coppelia, the Fairy of Vitality in Sleeping Beauty, the Girl in Red in Valentine Suites, and the Wife in Peter Anastos’ Forgotten Memories. Upon retirement, she moved to Germany, studying and teaching at Balletstudio Danzaira. In 2011, Pinto returned to Oklahoma City Ballet as a teacher in the school, the Children’s Rehearsal Director for Robert Mills’ The Nutcracker, and the Company Rehearsal Assistant, working on several ballets including Swan Lake, Coppelia, Matthew Neenan’s Exurgency, and George Balanchine’s Rubies. She returned to Oklahoma in 2016 after living in Alaska for two years, where she taught at Alaska Dance Theatre. Pinto is an American Ballet Theatre® Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She currently teaches for the OKC Ballet community engagement program Golden Swans, in addition to teaching for The Yvonne Chouteau School.