Ballet Masterclass with Lauren Anderson

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Join The Ruth Page Center for the Arts for a Ballet Masterclass with the legendary Lauren Anderson!

The first Black ballerina to be promoted to principal dancer at Houston Ballet.


Friday's class will run as a 1 hour, 30 minute ballet class (barre and center) followed by a 30-minute Q&A with Anderson. The class is Advanced/Professional level and combines with the Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company.

Saturday's class will run as a 2-hour ballet class with pointe work included (no Q&A). The class combines with the advanced level of the Ruth Page School of Dance Young Dancers Training Program.

Spots are limited so you must register in advance! Sign up on the MindBody Online mobile app or by visiting Each Masterclass is $20.

This past May, the Ruth Page School of Dance continued its commitment to the world of professional dance, embracing talent and diversity through its latest scholarship named in honor of and in partnership with legendary ballerina Lauren Anderson. The Scholarship provides full tuition and housing to talented Black dancers for participation in the Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company.


About Lauren Anderson:

Lauren Anderson danced with Houston Ballet from 1983 to 2006, performing leading roles in all the great classical ballets, appearing across the world to critical acclaim, and in the process, becoming one of Houston Ballet's most beloved stars. In January 2007, Anderson assumed her new role of outreach associate in Houston Ballet's education department where she teaches ballet classes at Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy, conducts master classes at area schools, and lectures to students on dance and her historic career as one of America's most distinguished African-American ballerinas.

In 1990, Anderson became the first African-American to be promoted to principal dancer at Houston Ballet - and one of the few African-American ballerinas at the head of a major ballet company anywhere in the world. Anderson’s ballerina shoes from the 2006 Nutcracker, which would be her last performance in the historic Wortham Theater, now lives in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.

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2 Hours
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Ruth Page Center for the Arts

1016 N. Dearborn Parkway
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 337-6543