In 1970, internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer and arts patron, Ruth Page, along with master teachers Larry and Dolores Long, created a school of dance where artistic pursuits could thrive. Having just celebrated 50 years of service to the Chicago community, the historic Ruth Page Center (RPC) still provides: world-class dance and fitness classes for people of all ages and abilities; a 218-seat theater for professional dance and theatrical performances; office spaces for In-Residence arts organizations; and subsidized studio, theater and office rental for nonprofit performing arts companies. Ruth Page Center is home to dedicated students of all ages and abilities and is a comfortable meeting and workspace for many in the arts community. The thousands of artists and arts patrons that make up the RPC community, gather in RPC spaces each year to work, perform, choreograph, perfect a skill, see a performance, or focus on their personal wellness.
More on some of the programs at Ruth Page Center:
- Subsidized Office, Theater and Studio Rental Program – Housed within this historic building is a 218-seat theater for performances and five well-equipped dance studios. Each year, audiences of more than 50 performing artists and arts organizations benefit from the Subsidized Office, Theater and Studio Rental program, or are a part of the In-Residence program, allowing Ruth Page Center to support Chicago’s artistic community in a very significant way.
- Ruth Page School of Dance (RPSD) – With an emphasis on classical ballet and contemporary styles, RPSD develops well-rounded dance artists, many of whom go on to professional dance careers. In addition to exceptional dance training from some of the most talented instructors in the world, each student is part of a vibrant community of mentorship and social connection. With the benefit of the training received, RPSD Alumni have not only become accomplished performers but have significantly impacted the performing arts world-wide, and are leaders in other academic, scientific, and professional fields.
- Ruth Page Professional Dance Training Program (PDTP) – PDTP is a selective, post-high school, daytime training program for serious classical and contemporary dancers who wish to pursue a career as a professional dancer. Dancers from around the world audition for PDTP, and if selected, are nurtured, and mentored through rigorous full-time training and a variety of performance opportunities. The program gives the participants the tools to refine their artistry, as well as their ballet and contemporary technique in an international environment of performers, choreographers, and educators.