Young Dancers Training Program

Exceptional training for today’s world in dance.

The mission of the Ruth Page School of Dance is to offer the highest level of training and personal development to each student. We believe that all students will benefit from the discipline, creative thinking and emotional expressiveness that dance provides. Through our Young Dancer’s Training Program, the School also strives to prepare young dancers for the demands of today’s world in dance. Providing the highest level of training and expertise, the Ruth Page School of Dance is considered to be one of the country's finest dance education centers.

The School’s curriculum is grounded in a uniquely American Ballet Technique  – functional athleticism coupled with elements of Vaganova, Cecchetti, and RDA techniques.  Essential to the curriculum and student learning is contemporary, modern, jazz, and other styles of dance as well as other related arts.  We believe that anyone can dance if they are disciplined, well trained and open to a variety of concepts.   Flexibility of ideas is helpful in any profession, but especially crucial in today’s professional dance environment  where choreographers often integrate various styles into their work.  We want our students to be ready for the ever changing and exciting world of today’s dance world.

Through the Young Dancers Training Program, children between 3 and 20 years of age are able to excel and flourish within an environment geared so that a young dancer may progress from beginner to advanced technique levels in a systematic fashion. Students are strongly encouraged to attend all classes per term to ensure a healthy experience and positive technical advancement. In addition, live piano accompaniment is provided for most ballet classes, giving students an opportunity to explore changes in rhythms, tempos and dynamics.

The Ruth Page School of Dance reflects the legendary career and work of its visionary leader.  Ruth Page’s classical and iconic “The Nutcracker ” displayed her grounding in ballet. But her collaborations with notable choreographers for example such as Harold Kreutzberg, a cutting edge modern dance expressionist, and her jazz-influenced work at the Music Box Theater in NYC speak to her dedication to exploring all forms and styles of dance.  Ruth Page’s school embodies her vision of the versatile, well-trained, and exceptional dancer.

The Ruth Page Civic Ballet

An important component of the Ruth Page School of Dance is the Ruth Page Civic Ballet, the official youth performance company and one of the Center's Artists In-Residence. This small classical company of talented young dancers is now in its 17th season and was founded by Larry and Dolores Long, the original directors of the Ruth Page School of Dance.  Serving as a bridge between ballet training and professional performance, the Ruth Page Civic Ballet provides performance opportunities for the most advanced ballet students from the School as a means of continuing their training. Members of the company will train in this program before moving on to national and international professional dance companies. The Civic's dancers are joined in performances by notable guest artists and choreographers, expanding their sphere of professional work.

CDI/Concert Dance Inc

An exciting opportunity exists for members of the Young Dancer’s Training Program and the Ruth Page Civic Ballet.  CDI/Concert Dance Inc is the official contemporary dance company and an Artist In-Residence of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, and as such artists and teachers from this dance company are integrated into the School’s programming. CDI is led by Emmy Award-nominated choreographer and artistic director, Venetia Stifler, who also serves as the Executive Director for the Ruth Page Center. CDI dancers are members of the Ruth Page School faculty throughout the year, and also as guest artists in the School’s summer intensive and workshops where students have the opportunity to learn CDI repertoire. Additionally, CDI represents the Ruth Page Center for the Arts through their annual performances at the prestigious Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, and in their collaborations with Northeastern Illinois University’s dance department and student repertory dance ensemble. Qualified Ruth Page students audition to apprentice with the company.

  • A renowned dance school

    - CBS Chicago

  • One of the Top Ten dance studios

    - TimeOutChicago