Ruth Page School - Summer Programs

  • The International Dance Experience

    June 20 - July 15, 2023


    The Ruth Page School of Dance is happy to announce our summer dance programs for all levels of dance. Since our summer dance is an extension of our year-round program, dancers will continue in the same ballet level as they were in the school year 2022/23, even if the dancer will be promoted in the fall of 2023.

    Our Mission: The Ruth Page School of Dance's mission is to develop well-rounded dancers who will be life-long ambassadors for the art of dance through high-quality training by its experienced and dedicated faculty of dance professionals and international partners. The School embraces diverse cultures as a source of inspiration for creativity and human self-expression in dance.


    2023 Downloadable Brochure



    Ruth Page School of Dance | Chicago, IL
    June 20 - July 15, 2023 (Mon - Sat)
    Open to pre-professional and professional dancers ages 11 and up, by placement and audition only.*  
    Students study both classical and contemporary styles concluding with a performance!

    Scholarship and work-study options are available (application due by April 1, 2023).

    Housing will be offered for 2023 (deposit due by May 1, 2023).

    *Dancers must be 11 as of 9/1/2022. Ruth Page students in Purple (Intermediate I) and higher. 

    Registration opens February 15, 2023.


    A True Dance Intensive

    A four-week summer program designed to develop and challenge intermediate - professional dancers in their technique and musicality. Under the instruction of the Ruth Page School's renowned faculty and IDE's international guest teaching artists and choreographers from Cuba, Israel, Italy, Mexico, and Spain, students will train 40 hours per week in both classical ballet and contemporary styles, participating in master classes and assembling a full-length in-person performance.

    Our school's curriculum focuses on ballet, using elements of the Vaganova, Cecchetti, and RAD techniques, with additional emphasis in Afro Cuban, character, contemporary, floor barre, jazz, modern, partnering, Pilates, pointe, and tap techniques, as well as repertory and variations.

    In past years, the Ruth Page School of Dance and The International Dance Experience has hosted participants from the Bahamas, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, France, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and a dozen states.


    Our International Sister School Partners Include

    Escuela Nacional de Ballet de Cuba in Havana, Cuba

    Mandala Dance Company in Rome, Italy

    Conservatorio Profesional de Danza A Coruña in Coruña, Spain

    Ironi Aleph Performing Arts High School in Tel Aviv, Israel

    Instituto Colombiano de Ballet Clásico (IncolBallet) in Cali, Colombia

    Escuela Superio de Música y Danza de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico



    Towson University | Towson, MD
    July 26 - July 29, 2023 (Wed - Sat)
    Open to pre-professional and professional dancers ages 14 and up, by placement and audition.
    Program runs 9am - 5pm | Registration opens February 15, 2023 | Scholarship Available (apply by April 1, 2023) | Housing Unavailable
    In partnership with the Cuban National Ballet School Teaching Seminar, hosted by Towson University Department of Dance, Ruth Page School's summer intensive returns to Towson, Maryland for a 4-day intensive inspired by the International Dance Experience. Led by Ruth Page School faculty (Victor Alexander and Maray Gutierrez) along with an international IDE Guest Teacher, summer intensive students will join the seminar's teaching cohort for classical ballet and contemporary technique classes in the Cuban Method including Afro Cuban, ballet, modern, pointe, and repertory. The end of the week will feature a small in-studio sharing of repertories int he black box theater.
    Dancers may attend any of the IDE audition dates to be considered for the Ruth Page Summer Intensive at Towson. Dancers wishing to be considered for the 2023-24 Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company (CBTC) are encouraged to attend the 4-day program and meet the faculty and directors.


    Cuban National Ballet School Teaching Seminar
    July 24 - July 29, 2023 (Mon - Sat)
    Open to pre-professional and professional dance teachers ages 18 and up, by application.
    Program runs 9am - 5pm | Early Bird rate availalbe until March 11, 2023
    Former Director of the Cuban National Ballet School, Maestra Ramona De Saa has hand-picked her former student and esteemed Ballet Master, Roberto Machado, to lead dance educators through a 6-day teaching seminar focused on levels 1, 2, & 3 of the Cuban National Ballet School's eight-year curriculum. Please stay tuned for more information and instructions on how to apply.

    Auditions for 2023 International Dance Experience and Ruth Page Summer Intensive at Towson

    The audition tour for 2023 will begin in January 2023. Dancers may audition via video or at one of the upcoming dates. 

    All auditionees, in-person or virtual, must return a completed Audition Form, two photos (a headshot and a full-body shot in first arabesque), and a $20 audition fee.

    Click here for video guidelines.


    IDE 2023 Summer Intensive Audition Sites

    Sat. Jan 7Ruth Page School of DanceChicago, IL
    Fri. Jan 13 - Sun. Jan 15Regional Summer Intensive Audition, Center of Creative Arts (COCA)St. Louis, MO
    Sat. Jan 21Nutmeg Conservatory For The ArtsTorrington, CT
    Fri. Jan 27, Sat, Jan 28International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD)Toronto, ON
    Sun. Jan 29Arlington Dance AcademyArlington Heights, IL
    Sun. Feb 5SOKY Dance ArtsBowling Green, KY
     CORE Dance StudioMexico City, Mexico
    Sun. Feb 12Ballet FantastiqueEugene, OR
    Sun. Feb 19Denver Academy of BalletCentennial, CO
    Mon. Feb 20Northern Illinois UniversityDeKalb, IL
    Sat. Feb 25Metropolitan Ballet WichitaWichita, KS
    Wed. Mar 1 - Sun. Mar 5National High School Dance Festival, Point Park UniversityPittsburgh, PA
    Sat. Mar 11Towson UniversityTowson, MD
    TBDMilwaukee BalletMilwaukee, WI


    International Audition Sites (Dates and Times To Be Determined)

    Mexico City, Mexico - CORE Dance Studio
    Chicureo, Chile - Academia Ballet y Artes Tania Alcaíno
    Cali, Colombia - Instituto Colombiano de Ballet Clásico (IncolBallet)
    Ladispoli, Italy - Profession Dance
    Coruña, Spain - Conservatorio Profesional de Danza A Coruña

    Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company (CBTC)


    The Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company is a pre-professional, post-high school, daytime training program for serious classical and contemporary dancers. The 2023-2024 season will run from late August to June, and include performance and travel opportunities.

    Dancers who are interested in the 2023 – 2024 Civic Ballet Training Company may audition at any of the 2023 IDE audition dates. Eligible dancers will have completed high school and should expect to attend the 2023 IDE.

    All auditionees, in-person or virtual, must return a completed Audition Form and two photos (a headshot and a full-body shot in first arabesque).
    Dates TBD | Ruth Page School of Dance | Chicago, IL
    Date TBD | Towson University | Towson, MD
    Reach out to to schedule an audition class.
    The Ruth Page Center for the Arts
    1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago IL 60610
    Register at
    Be prepared to dance en pointe and barefoot



    2023 IDE Sponsors

    CopaAirlines, Deputacion Da Coruna, Escuela Nacional de Ballet, INCOLBallet, Mandala Dance Company


    Open to Beginning & Intermediate Dancers Ages 7-14. 
    Offered two consecutive weeks: July 17 - July 28, 2023.

    Registration opens March 1, 2023.

    Check back here for Registration Forms.

    Ruth Page School's Keystone Dance Academy invites young dancers to join a fun, focused, mini-intensive this summer. Students will work with teachers specially curated from Ruth Page School, Keystone Dance Academy, and throughout Chicago. Each week will feature a focused selection of beginning and intermediate dance techniques including ballet, hip hop, jazz, modern, tap, and West African, along with yoga and Pilates classes. Dancers will be placed into levels based on age and prior training experience. The bootcamp will conclude with a Showcase and Ice Cream Social Reception for the dancers to share their skills with family and friends.

    Registration is on a weekly basis – students may choose to attend for one or both weeks. 

    Classes in the Summer Dance Workshop are not sold individually or by the day.

    Tuition:     one week, $400     two weeks, $800     

    *must meet age requirement as of 6/1/2023.


    2022-2023 school year Pre-Dance IV students are encouraged to consider the Summer Dance Bootcamp, an afternoon program for dancers 7 years and older. The Summer Dance Bootcamp is an opportunity for dancers to continue their training during the summer with classes in ballet, hip hop, jazz, modern, tap, West African, yoga, and Pilates.
    If you are interested in Summer Pre-Dance for dancers 2-6 years old, please inquire to
    *must meet age requirement as of 6/1/2023.

    Summer Program Performance: Friday, July 19, 2019, 2:00PM