Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company

  • “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 Training Company
    Director, Ruth Page School of Dance

    Announcing the 2022/2023 Training Company!

    Keeley Clark, Hannah Gonzalez, Kaelen Gouveia, Mian Hirasawa, Alicia René Kenefic, Oscar Uribe Zapata

    Read more about the dancers and the 2022/23 Season here!

    Created in 2018 by Victor Alexander to continue developing serious and talented young dancers, ages 17-25, the Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company serves as a bridge between studio training and a professional dance career. 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. Dancers train and rehearse daily throughout the school year, focusing on refining ballet and contemporary technique in an international environment of performers and educators. Features of the program include unique performance experiences, study with guest artists and choreographers, and travel to Ruth Page’s International Sister Schools in Cuba, Italy, and Spain. The Training Company dancers are also joined in performances by notable guest artists and choreographers, expanding their sphere of professional work.

    Central to the Training Company's performance schedule is the annual presentation of Ruth Page's The Nutcracker, the popular recreation of the beloved holiday classic. Originally presented in the Arie Crown Theatre from 1965 to 1997, Ruth Page's The Nutcracker 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.

    Additional performance engagements include the Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company's Fall and Spring Showcases, the Ruth Page Festival of Dance at Ravinia, Center Stage at Ruth Page, and more.

    The 2021-2022 season marked the inaugural year of the Lauren Anderson Scholarship at the Ruth Page School of Dance. Named after, and in collaboration with, the first African American principal dancer at Houston Ballet, the scholarship provides tuition assistance and mentorship for BIPOC dancers to be a part of the Training Company. Interested applicants should reach out to

    The Lauren Anderson Scholarship has been awarded to Mian Hirasawa and Oscar Uribe Zapata for the 2022-23 Season.

    The Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company is led by the artistic team of Victor Alexander – Artistic DirectorDolores Long – Associate Director and Maray Gutierrez – Artistic Associate.


    Dancers may audition for the 2023-2024 season of the Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company (CBTC) at any of the International Dance Experience (IDE) Summer Intensive audition sites. Find the full listing here.

    Specific CBTC auditions to be announced

    Saturday April 22, 2023 3-6pm | Ruth Page School of Dance | Chicago, IL
    Date TBD | Towson University | Towson, MD

    Alternatively, reach out to to schedule an audition class or submit a video.

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

    The 2023/24 Season begins August 28, 2023.

    The Ruth Page Center for the Arts
    1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago IL 60610

    Eligible dance artists will have completed high school, and it is recommended they attend the 2023 International Dance Experience, the summer intensive of the Ruth Page School of Dance, June 20 - July 15, 2023. 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. Limited housing is available.




    Financial Aid Available

    Lauren Anderson Scholarship at the Ruth Page School of Dance

    Victor Alexander Young Men's Scholarship

    Work/Study Program

    Tuition Assistance

    direct questions to


    Info Sheet for the 2022-2023 Season:

    Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company Info Sheet


    Alumni Highlights:
    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