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

    July 7, 2021 • 5:30 - 8:00pm • Men and Women ages 17-22

    The Ruth Page Center for the Arts
    1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago IL 60610
    Register at  • NO audition fee 
    Be prepared to dance en pointe and barefoot

    All auditionees must return a completed Audition Form and two photos (a headshot and a full-body shot in first arabesque).

    Eligible dance artists will have completed high school, and it is recommended they attend the 2021 International Dance Experience, the summer intensive of the Ruth Page School of Dance, June 21 - July 17. The Ruth Page Civic Ballet will provide continued comprehensive technique training, unique performance experiences, focused study with guest artists and choreographers, and travel to our International Sister Schools in Cuba, Italy and Spain.  A commitment for the full year is expected. 



    Co-founded in 1998 by Larry and Dolores Long, the Civic Ballet of Chicago (now the Ruth Page Civic Ballet), was established to continue developing serious young dancers aged 17-22 with advanced training and performance experience as a prelude to a professional career in ballet.  It is today the official training company of The Ruth Page School of Dance 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.



    Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company Fact Sheet


    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.

    Where are they now?  A look at Summer and Fall plans for our 2018/19 Civic Ballet Training Company Alumni:

    Eduardo Siller – Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, dance company

    Elayne Podolske – Milwaukee Ballet 2019 summer intensive, Ballet Quad Cities company member

    Elias Re – Cleveland Ballet company member

    Evita Re – Alvin Ailey School 2019 summer intensive, AAADT scholarship recipient for 2019-2020

    Gabriel Jiménez – full scholarship for the 2019 Joffrey Ballet summer intensive, offer for Madison Ballet company apprenticeship 2019-2020, Ballet Chicago Studio Company 2019

    Kyra Olson – full scholarship for the 2019 Oklahoma City Ballet summer intensive and International Summer Workshop at Estonia National Opera, Civic Ballet Training Co 2019-2020

    Madeline Kiesel – RPSD International Dance Experience Summer Intensive, Civic Ballet Training Co 2019-2020

    Nicole Pérez – Madison Ballet company apprenticeship 2019-2020

    Noé Valdes – chaperone & attend International Dance Experience 2019, Hedwig Dances Chicago company apprentice

    Oswaldo Garcia – Cleveland Ballet company member

    Recent Alumni:
    Catherine Conley Makes US-Cuba History



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

    - Chicago Tribune