The International Dance Experience

  • June 24 - July 19, 2019


    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 2018/19, even if the dancer will be promoted in the fall of 2019.

    Our Mission : Through our experienced and dedicated faculty of dance professionals and international partners, develop well rounded dance artists through high-quality training. Embrace diverse cultures as a source of inspiration for creativity and human self-expression in dance. Create lifelong ambassadors for the art of dance.


    Open to pre-professional and professional dancers ages 11 and up, by placement and audition only.*  
    Classes in Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Pilates, Afro-Cuban, Dance History, and more! 

    Four-week and two-week options (June 24 – July 5, or July 1 – July 12).  

    ​Tuition is $2200 for all four weeks, and $1100 for two weeks.

    Scholarship and work-study options are available (application due by June 3, 2019).

    Housing, chaperoned and unchaperoned, also available for an additional fee (deposit due by May 15, 2019). 

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

    *Dancers must be 11 as of 9/1/2018. Ruth Page students in Burgundy (Intermediate I) and higher. 

    Registration is now open!  Complete yours here:  Digital Fillable Form or Printable Form

    Please complete your registration form and return to the School or email to  

    Registration closes June 1, 2019.  

    A True Dance Intensive
    This summer program is designed to push young dancers in their technique and musicality. Students will meet forty hours a week for class with teachers from all over the world, master classes and performance outings. Ruth Page School of Dance Students will reap the benefits of continued training with our own renowned faculty, but will also have the honor to learn with guest artists and teachers from across the globe.  
    The Ruth Page School of Dance and The International Dance Experience has hosted participants from Spain, Bahamas, Mexico, Italy, Japan, and 11 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

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

      Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company          

    Dancers who are interested in the 2019 – 2020 Civic Ballet Training Company may audition at any of the 2019 IDE audition dates.  Eligible dancers will have completed high school and should expect to attend the 2019 IDE. The Training Company will provide year-round comprehensive training and performance experience to prepare students for a career in dance.  
    Wednesday, July 10, 6:00pm – 8:30pm • Men and Women ages 17-22 

    The Ruth Page Center for the Arts
    1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago IL 60610
    $20 audition fee • Register at
    Be prepared to dance en pointe and barefoot

    Audition Tour
    Advance register for your audition slot here (recommended, not required): Audition Registration Form


    2019 Date


    Ruth Page School of Dance

    January 12

    Chicago, IL

    Center for the Creative Arts (COCA)

    January 19 & 20

    St. Louis, MO

    Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts

    Sat, January 26

    Torrington, CT

    Dance Arts of Bowling Green

    Sat, February 2

    Bowling Green, KY 

    McDonald Dance Academy

    Sun, February 3

    Arlington Heights, IL

    DanzCorp Escuela de Danza

    Tues, February 12

    Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico

    Northern Illinois University

    Mon, February 18

    DeKalb, IL

    Milwaukee Ballet

    Sat, February 23

    Milwaukee, WI

    Ballet Chelsea

    Sun, February 24

    Chelsea, MI

    Towson University 

    Sunday, March 3

    Towson, MD


    March 15 – 19

    Madison, WI

    Profession Dance (Optico in Movimento)

    Fri, April 12

    Rome, Italy


    April 21 – 26 

    Cali, Colombia

    Concert Batorio Profesional de Danza A Coruña

    May 6 – 10

    Coruña, Spain

    Video/YouTube Deadline


    Mon, April 15





    Application is Available Online

    All auditionees must complete an application form and submit two 4x6” photos: a headshot and in first arabesque. $20 audition fee may be paid with cash or check (payable to Ruth Page School of Dance).


    DVD/YouTube Audition (Due by April 15, 2019)

    Ruth Page School of Dance gives first preference to students who audition in person. However, we do accept videos (non-returnable) if circumstances prevent you from attending a live audition.

    Click here for video guidelines.  


    2018 – 2019 IDE Sponsors

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


    Intended for Ruth Page students in beginner classes and beginning students who are new to Ruth Page.

    Registration now open!  Registration forms can be completed in-person or submitted via email to  

    Come for fun or to get that extra boost for fall! Classes are Monday through Friday, from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM daily.  Ballet and tap are offered everyday, jazz and hip hop will alternate. 

    Registration is on a weekly basis – students may choose to attend for one, two, three or all four weeks! Weeks do not need to be consecutive. 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, $300     two weeks, $575     three weeks, $850     four weeks, $1100

    *must meet age requirement as of 9/1/2018



    An opportunity for our youngest Ruth Page School dancers to continue their training during the summer in a fun and focused mini session. The Pre-Dance program is a prelude to formal dance training and introduces students to music and movement with a structured progression. Through each level, the classes emphasize increasing coordination, balance, memory, musicality, strength and flexibility. 
    Classes are offered once a week for five weeks in the following:
    Pre-Dance for Tots (2* years)
    Pre-Dance I (3* years)
    Pre-Dance II (4* years)
    Pre-Dance III (5* years)
    Pre-Dance IV (6* years)
    *must meet age requirement as of 9/1/2018
    •Classes in the Summer Pre-Dance program are not sold individually or by the day. 
    Registration is for the complete, five-week mini session.•

    Students should continue in the same class as enrolled in for the 2018-2019 school year.
    Registration now open!  Registration forms can be completed in-person or submitted via email to

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