Rosella Hightower – Choctaw-Shawnee
Rosella Hightower (January 10, 1920 – November 4, 2008) was an American ballerina who achieved fame in both the United States and Europe. Biography Rosella Hightower was born in Durwood, Oklahoma, located in Carter County, Oklahoma. She was the only child of Charles Edgar Hightower and his wife, the former Eula May Flanning. Of Choctaw heritage, she moved with her family to Kansas City, Missouri after her father took a new position with the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad. Hightower began her dance training in Kansas City under the instruction of Dorothy Perkins.