The Ruth Page Center for the Arts has for over forty years committed its resources to creating a dance destination in Chicago. Located at 1016 N. Dearborn Street, The Center serves the Chicago dance community by being an incubator, providing a home, office space, rehearsal space, performance opportunities, professional dance training, and marketing support for the up-and-coming companies and artists of Chicago's vibrant dance scene. Its mission is to ensure that children and dance artists have a place to study, work and perform at the highest level of excellence.
The Ruth Page Center for the Arts been training professional dancers, presenting and promoting the finest dance performances in the city, and mentoring small to mid-sized arts organizations who call The Center home. Founded by Chicago icon and internationally-renown performer and choreographer, Ruth Page, The Center reflects her vision of supporting dance excellence in Chicago. Emanating from the Illinois heartland, the visionary work of Ruth Page influenced the growth of theater design, opera-ballet, and dance. She achieved worldwide recognition as a true pioneer of dance in America by creating at the forefront of social, political and artistic issues. As a prominent force in the Chicago arts community, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts continues that legacy through its initiatives and programs that nurture the artform of dance, and by being an arts incubator for emerging and established artists and organizations. Lookingglass Theater and Chicago Shakespeare Theater have both called The Center home before moving on to establish their own venues.
Annually The Center is visited by approximately 40,000 people who come for performances, classes, and to interact with the many arts organizations that are served by its programs. Located just steps from Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile, Chicago's shopping, dining and cultural mecca, the historic 1927 building in which The Center resides sits on a lovely tree-lined street in the heart of the Gold Coast.
The Ruth Page Center for the Arts is home to:
Ruth Page School of Dance
Providing the highest level of training to young dancers, professionals, and those who study dance for personal enrichment, the school is considered to be one of the country's finest dance education centers. A professional dance training program is available for children between 3 and 20 years of age. The Ruth Page Civic Ballet, the official youth training performance arm, offers students in the Young Dancers Training Program performance opportunities. Adult and professional level classes are also available.
Ruth Page Theater and Subsidized Theater Rental Program
The Center houses a 218-seat theater where approximately 20 Chicago dance companies annually present a varied and exciting selection of dance performances. These dance companies are part of The Center's Subsidized Theater Rental Program. Acting as a silent partner, The Center contributes two-thirds of the operating cost, helping companies meet their artistic and financial goals, while reducing the financial burden of a Chicago engagement. In addition to lighting and sound equipment, The Center provides event marketing, ticketing and box office support, and security staff.
Ruth Page Artist In-Residence Program
As an incubator for small to mid-sized arts organizations, the Artist In-Residence Program is a home for working performing artists, providing support for shared resources and marketing opportunities. Companies currently in residence are: American Blues Theater, CDI/Concert Dance, Inc., Chicago Children's Theater, DanceWorks Chicago, River North Dance Chicago, and ShawChicago Theater Company.
The Ruth Page Center for the Arts also helps to support a number of other dance initiatives. Among these are the Ruth Page Dance Series, in collaboration with Northeastern Illinois University, the Series presents local Chicago dance companies; the Ruth Page Festival of Dance at Ravinia, presenting local and national dance companies at this prestigious summer dance festival; and the Ruth Page Award, which is given annually on behalf of the Chicago dance community to an individual or organization, and recognizes artistic excellence in the field of dance.