Ruth Page School - Summer Programs

  • The International Dance Experience

    June 21 - July 16, 2022


    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 2021/22, even if the dancer will be promoted in the fall of 2022.

    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.



    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, 2022).

    Limited housing may be offered for 2022.

    *Dancers must be 11 as of 9/1/2021. Ruth Page students in Purple (Intermediate I) and higher. 

    Registration opens February 15, 2022.


    A True Dance Intensive

    A four-week summer program designed to develop and challenge intermediate-professional dancers in their technique and musicality. Classes will meet 40 hours per week; the schedule includes master classes and virtual performance opportunities. With emphasis on both classical and contemporary styles, dancers train with renowned Ruth Page School faculty – including Dolores Long, Patti Klekovic, Birute Barodicaite, Randy Newsom, Victor Alexander, and Edith Barrágan – and international guest teaching artists and choreographers from Chile, Cuba, Israel, Italy, Mexico, and Spain.


    Our curriculum features ballet based in functional athleticism, using elements of Vaganova, Cecchetti, and RAD technique. The International Dance Experience is four weeks of technique classes and workshops in ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, contemporary, and more, culminating in a virtual performance.


    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. While travel restrictions continue to limit our in-person international exchanges this year, we look forward to new ways of dancing together while apart.


    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

    Auditions for 2022 International Dance Experience 

    The audition tour for 2022 will begin in January 2022. 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 2022 Summer Intensive Audition Sites

    Sat. Jan 8Ruth Page School of DanceChicago, IL
    Sat. Jan 15 & Sun. Jan 16Regional Summer Intensive Audition, Center of Creative Arts (COCA)St. Louis, MO
    Sat. Jan 22Milwaukee Ballet SchoolMilwaukee, WI
    Sat. Jan 29Ruth Page School of DanceChicago, IL
    Sun. Jan 30McDonald Dance AcademyArlington Heights, IL
    Sat. Feb 19Dance Arts of Bowling GreenBowling Green, KY
    Mon. Feb 21Northern Illinois UniversityDeKalb, IL
    Sat. Feb 26 & Sun. Feb 27Regional High School Dance FestivalVancouver, WA
    Sat. Mar 5Towson UniversityTowson, MD
    TBDSaint Augustine BalletSt. Augustine, FL
    TBDNutmeg ConservatoryTorrington, CT
    TBDBoulder BalletBoulder, CO
    TBDInternational Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD)TBD


    International Audition Sites (Dates and Times To Be Determined)

    Coruña, Spain
    Cali, Colombia
    Chicureo, Chile
    Ladispoli & Rome, Italy
    Monterrey, Aguascalientes, Guadalajara, & Mexio City, Mexico
    Tel Aviv, Israel

    Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company 

    Dancers who are interested in the 2022 – 2023 Civic Ballet Training Company may audition at many of the 2022 IDE audition dates. Eligible dancers will have completed high school and should expect to attend the 2022 IDE. The Training Company will provide year-round comprehensive training and performance experience to prepare students for a career in dance.  
    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).
    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

    2021 – 2022 IDE Sponsors

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


    Intended for Ruth Page School students in beginner classes and beginning students who are new to Ruth Page School.
    Offered two consecutive weeks: July 18 - July 29, 2022.

    Registration opens March 1, 2022.

    Come for fun or to get that extra boost for fall! We have re-imagined the Summer Dance Workshop as a mini-intensive. Classes are Monday through Friday, from 10:00 am - 3:00pm, with a lunch and snack break. Dancers will have daily conditioning and ballet, with hip hop, jazz, modern, and tap on alternate weeks.

    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 is due in full the first day of camp. 

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

    *must meet age requirement as of 6/1/2022.


    2021-2022 school year Pre-Dance IV students are encouraged to consider the Summer Dance Workshop, an afternoon program for dancers 7 years and older. The Summer Dance Workshop is an opportunity for Ruth Page School dancers to continue their training during the summer with daily ballet class and alternating classes in hip hop, jazz, modern, and tap. 
    We look forward to dancing together again in Fall 2022.

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