Ruth Page Civic Ballet

An important component of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts and its School of Dance is the Ruth Page Civic Ballet, one of its Artists In-Residence. This small classical company of talented young dancers is now in its 17th season and was founded in 1998 by Larry and Dolores Long, the original directors of the Ruth Page School of Dance.

Serving as a bridge between ballet training and professional performance, the Ruth Page Civic Ballet provides performance opportunities for the most advanced ballet students from the School as a means of continuing their training. Members of the company will train in this program before moving on to national and international professional dance companies. The Civic's dancers are joined in performances by notable guest artists and choreographers, expanding their sphere of professional work.

Central to the Civic's performance schedule since 2002 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.

The Ruth Page School of Dance, one of the leading Ballet training centers in the country, provides the highest level of training to talented young dancers, professionals and those who study dance for personal enrichment. Larry Long (1936-2009), the School's much-loved Director, was recognized as one of the preeminent ballet teachers in America. Mikhail Baryshnikov in an article in The New York Times named Mr. Long as one of six ballet teachers in America who have distinguished themselves as the best in developing students into professional dancers. With the passing of Mr. Long in 2009, the Ruth Page School of Dance continues his legacy of excellence through its renowned faculty and regular guest artist and teacher offerings.


• 50th Anniversary Presentation of Ruth Page’s The Nutcracker
Sat, December 5, 2015 • 7:00 PM
Sun, December 6, 2015 • 1:00 PM
Sun December 6, 2015 • 5:00 PM
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue, Chicago, IL
Tickets: General Admission: $25/ Students, Seniors and Children under 12 $20
NEIU Students, Faculty and Staff: $10 per ID or 773-442-4636 (TICKETS AVAILABLE AFTER SEPTEMBER 15)

• 50th Anniversary Presentation of Ruth Page’s The Nutcracker
Sun, December 13, 2015 • 3:00 PM
Sun, December 13, 2015 • 6:00 PM
The Ravinia Festival, Bennett Gordon Hall
200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park, IL
Tickets: $10 BGH Classic Series, Reserved Seats or 847-266-5100 (TICKETS AVAILABLE AFTER SEPTEMBER 15)

For additional information, please contact Brandon Piekarski at or 312-337-6543

Ruth Page Civic Ballet blog – Backstage Notes