Ruth Page School of Dance Chicago Audition for 2016 Summer Intensive

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CHICAGO – The Ruth Page School of Dance announces the Chicago audition for its four week 2016 Summer Intensive Program. The auditions will take place on Sunday, Jan. 10 at The Ruth Page School of Dance, 1016 N. Dearborn St. Auditions will be held from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. for ages 11 to 13 and 12 – 2 p.m. for ages 14 and up. The intensive offers a program for the young dancer from the pre-professional to professional level that will introduce the dancer to the demands of a professional career and offer enhanced skills training.


The 2016 Summer Intensive, “The International Dance Experience,” will take place from June 20-July 15 and will include guest artists and instructors from Cuba’s Escuela Nacional de Ballet, Italy and Spain. Classes will be taught in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Afro-Cuban and more. An informal summer performance will take place on July 15. For questions regarding the audition or Summer Intensive, contact Suzy Robertson at 312-337-6543 or


With internationally renowned master teachers and Ruth Page’s highly regarded School faculty, the program provides appropriate dance technique classes designed to provide far-reaching improvement for each student. Focus is placed on developing the whole dancer by offering classes according to level in Ballet Technique, Pre-Pointe, Pointe, Variations, Pas De Deux, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Character, Pilates, Afro-Cuban, Muscle Awareness, among others. Summer Intensive students can choose to participate in a full-day or half-day program with the option of attending any or all of the four weeks.  A Saturday Master Class is available on its own, or as part of the full-day program. Students wishing to perform in the Summer Program Performance at the conclusion of the Summer Intensive must attend all four weeks, full-day.  Work-study and need-based scholarships are available on a limited basis.


About the Ruth Page School of Dance

The Ruth Page School of Dance is directed by Victor Alexander. Originally from Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Mr. Alexander studied at the Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana and was a principal dancer with Danza Contemporánea de Cuba.The mission of the Ruth Page School of Dance is to offer the highest level of training and personal development to each student. Through the 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 Vagonova, Checchetti, and RDA techniques. 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.


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.


About the Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Venetia Stifler, Emmy-nominated choreographer and director, is the Executive and Artistic Director of The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, guiding the vision of the organization left to Chicago by the dance icon and pioneer Ruth Page An incubator of artistic energy and excellence and the center of Chicago's dance history, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts carries forward the vision of international dance icon Ruth Page to make dance accessible to everyone, ensuring that children and dance artists have a place to study, work and perform at the highest level of excellence. Located at 1016 N. Dearborn Street, the Center serves the Chicago dance community by being an incubator, providing a home, office space, rehearsal space, performance opportunities, professional dance training and marketing support for the up-and-coming companies and artists of Chicago's vibrant dance scene. Emanating from the Illinois heartland, the visionary work of Ruth Page influenced the growth of theater design, opera-ballet and dance. She achieved worldwide recognition as a true pioneer of dance in America by creating at the forefront of social, political and artistic issues. As a prominent force in the Chicago arts community, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts continues that legacy through its initiatives and programs that nurture the art form of dance, and by being an arts incubator for emerging and established artists and organizations.



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