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.

    Must be 22 yrs or older and available to attend all 4 weeks of the International Dance Experience


    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


    Auditions for 2023 International Dance Experience

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

    Click the links below to register or to get more information on each audition location.

    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.
    * Auditionees for Regional Summer Intensive Audition, International Association of Blacks in Dance, and National High School Dance Festival must complete audition requirements set by these festivals. Click the links for more information

    Click here for video guidelines.


    IDE 2023 Summer Intensive Audition Sites

    DateLocation and InfoCity
    Sat. Jan 7
    Advanced/Professional dancers ages 15+: 1:00 - 3:45pm
    Intermediate dancers ages 11+: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    1016 N Dearborn St
    Chicago, IL
    Fri. Jan 13 -
    Sun. Jan 15
    Regional Summer Intensive Audition, Center of Creative Arts (COCA)St. Louis, MO
    Sat. Jan 21
    4:00 - 6:30pm
    58 Main St.
    Torrington, CT
    Fri. Jan 27 &
    Sat, Jan 28
    International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD)Toronto, ON
    Sun. Jan 29
    1:00 - 3:30pm
    25 S Dunton Ave
    Arlington Heights, IL
    Sun. Feb 5
    1:00 - 3:30pm
    1060 Pedigo Way
    Bowling Green, KY
    CORE Dance Studio
    Palestina 44, Claveria, Azcapotzalco
    Mexico City, Mexico
    Sun. Feb 12
    1:00pm - 3:00pm
    960 Oak St.
    Eugene, OR
    Sun. Feb 19
    1:00 - 3:30pm
    6874 S University
    Centennial, CO
    Mon. Feb 20
    1:45 - 3:45pm
    1425 W Lincoln Hwy.
    DeKalb, IL
    Sat. Feb 25
    3:30 - 6:00pm
    2919 E Kellogg Dr.
    Wichita, KS
    Wed. Mar 1 - Sun. Mar 5
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Sat. Mar 11
    1:00 - 3:00pm
    8000 York Rd.
    Towson, MD
    Sun. Mar 19
    1:00 - 3:30pm
    128 N Jackson St.
    Milwaukee, 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).
    Saturday April 22, 2023 3-6pm | Ruth Page School of Dance | Chicago, IL
    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

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

    Registration opens March 1, 2023. Return form to Cara Wedeking at

    Registration Form

    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. Bootcamp concludes with a Theater 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, $450     two weeks, $900   |  $50 registration fee

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

    Towson University | Towson, MD
    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 available 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. Participants will learn about the history, methodology, cultural traits, and distinctive characteristics of the Cuban National Ballet School curriculum over the 6-day teaching seminar.
    Each participant will have the opportunity to invite two students to attend a four-day Cuban dance intensive that will run in conjunction with the teaching seminar, July 26 - July 29, 2023 (Wed - Sat). These students receive the rare opportunity to embody the practices of the Cuban pedagogy in Ballet, Modern, and Afro-Cuban training, with instruction from Roberto Machado, Victor Alexander, and Maray Gutierrez Ramis. The 4-day intensive will immerse students in the cultural aesthetics well known and revered throughout the dance world. Intensive is geared for intermediate to advanced dancers, ages 13+.

    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