Ruth Page Civic Ballet


  • “We believe that anyone can dance if they are disciplined, well trained and open to a variety of concepts.  
    Flexibility of ideas is helpful in any profession, but especially crucial in today’s professional dance environment where choreographers often integrate various styles into their work.  We want our students to be ready
    for the ever changing and exciting world of today’s dance world.”

    Victor Alexander
    Artistic Director, Ruth Page Civic Ballet
    Director, Ruth Page School of Dance


    An important component of the Ruth Page School of Dance is the Ruth Page Civic Ballet, its official training company for dancers 18-22 years of age and one of the Center's Artists In-Residence. Dancers are invited to take part in the Civic by it’s artistic director, Victor Alexander, who will guide and mentor each aspiring young artist during the one to two year program. The mission of the Ruth Page Civic Ballet is to identify, nurture and mentor emerging dance artists from around the world through enhanced performance opportunities within an elite training company.  Serving as a bridge between training and professional performance, company members will refine their ballet and contemporary techniques in an international environment of performers and educators before moving on to professional careers in dance. The Civic's dancers are joined in performances by notable guest artists and choreographers, expanding their sphere of professional work.

    AUDITION REQUIRED • DANCE ARTISTS MUST HAVE COMPLETED HIGH SCHOOL • PROGRAM IS SEPT-JULY • 5 DAYS/WEEK, 9 AM-4 PM • 5-8 ANNUAL PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCES • SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE


    Central to the Civic's performance schedule is the annual presentation of "The Nutcracker," the popular recreation of the beloved holiday classic. Originally presented in the Arie Crown Theatre from 1965 to 1997, the Ruth Page Civic Ballet performances recreates Ruth Page's beloved original full-length staging. Exquisite dancing, stunning costumes and magical settings in the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets, "The Nutcracker" promises world-class entertainment and holiday joy for children of all ages.


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  • Full of beauty... The lovingly sculpted "Scenes" glides with lilting propulsion and sports a bright variety of classical technique.

    - Chicago Tribune