Ruth Page School - Summer Programs

  • The International Dance Experience

    June 21 - July 17, 2021


    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 2020/21, even if the dancer will be promoted in the fall of 2021.

    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!

    For 2021, we are offering several registration options. Dancers may attend for a combination of single weeks, or for all four weeks. Registration per week is extremely limited.

    Individual weeks: June 21 - June 26, June 28 - July 3, July 6 - 10, July 12 - 17.

    Four weeks: June 21 - July 17.

    ​Tuition: $600 per week

    Scholarship and work-study options are available (application due by May 15, 2021).

    Limited housing may be offered for 2021.

    *Dancers must be 11 as of 9/1/2020. Ruth Page students in Burgundy (Intermediate I) and higher. 

    Registration opens March 15, 2021.

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

    Registration closes the Friday preceding each week.  

    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 2021 International Dance Experience 

    The audition tour for 2021 will begin in February 2021. 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.

    Audition VenueCity/StateDateTime
    Center for the Creative ArtsSt. Louis, MOJan. 16-17 
    Ruth Page School of DanceChicago, ILFeb. 203:30-5:30p
    McDonald Dance AcademyArlington Heights, ILFeb. 2112:00-2:00p
    Northern Illinois UniversityDeKalb, ILFeb. 22 & 24NIU class
    Milwaukee BalletMilwaukee, WIMarch tba 
    Abella's School of DanceSt. Augustine, FLMarch tba 
    Towson UniversityTowson, MDMarch tba 
    Nutmeg Conservatory for the ArtsTorrington, CTMarch tba 
    Dance Arts Bowling GreenBowling Green, KYMar. 6 
    Video Audition due May 15 












    Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company 

    Dancers who are interested in the 2021 – 2022 Civic Ballet Training Company may audition at any of the 2021 IDE audition dates.  Eligible dancers will have completed high school and should expect to attend the 2021 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).
    May 23, 2021 • 11:00am - 1:30pm • Men and Women ages 17-22
    July 7, 2021 • 5:30 - 8:00pm • Men and Women ages 17-22
    The Ruth Page Center for the Arts
    1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago IL 60610
    Register at
    Be prepared to dance en pointe and barefoot

    2019 – 2020 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.
    NO AUDITION REQUIRED. Offered two consecutive weeks: July 19 - July 30, 2021.

    Registration opens April 1, 2021. Return this Registration Form to

    Come for fun or to get that extra boost for fall! We've re-imagined the Summer Dance Workshop for 2021 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 6/1/2021.


    2020-2021 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 the fall.

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