Victor Alexander- Ruth Page Civic Ballet Co-Director
Victor Alexander joined the artistic and administrative team of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts in the summer of 2013. As both the Director of the Ruth Page School of Dance and Co-Director of the Ruth Page Civic Ballet, he continues a tradition of exceptional training and mentoring of the next generation of the nation’s best dancers.
Dolores Lipinski Long - Ruth Page Civic Ballet Co-Director
Ms. Lipinski Long began her dance studies as a scholarship student with Bentley Stone and Walter Camryn. Her continuing studies over the years included classes with many well-known teachers including Valentina Pereyaslavec, Felia Doubrovska, Bill Griffith, Leon Danielian, Patricia Wilde, Melissa Hayden and Richard Thomas. Ms. Lipinski’s professional career began as a teen with the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Laura Wade- Children’s Director
Laura Wade is on the faculty of the Lou Conte Dance Studio and Visceral Dance Center. She has taught company ballet classes for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, River North Dance Chicago, Visceral Dance Chicago, Giordano Dance Chicago, and more!
Birute Barodicaite - Ruth Page Civic Ballet Rehearsal Director
Ms. Barodicaite trained in Chicago with Richard Ellis, Christine DuBoulay, and Larry Long. Ms. Barodicaite danced with the Chicago Ballet, touring throughout France, Austria and Germany.
William Raffeld - Director of Actors
During Bill’s lifetime he has taught acting, directing and theatre classes for over 50 years at UIC. He was on the UIC theatre faculty from 1963 through 2010 and is now an Associate Professor Emeritus in theatre. He has directed over 200 productions.
Ruth Page- Chicago Dance Icon
Ruth Page embraced a life of artistic restlessness, in which a quest for the new, with a refusal to conform to any one style of dance, became her legacy in a life of firsts. From the heartland, she choreographed, danced, toured, and produced in all parts of the world. Ruth was employed by, collaborated with, and employed some of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Here included are Irving Berlin, Adolph Bolm, Antoni Clave, Aaron Copland, Andre Delfau, Sergei Diaghilev, Katherine Dunham, Margot Fonteyn, Harald Kreutzberg, Rudolf Nureyev, Isamu Noguchi, Anna Pavlova, and Bentley Stone to name a handful from an extensive list. Through her life example, she blazed the trail of possibilities that lay ahead for American dance. She served as choreographer/director of The Nutcracker at Chicago's Arie Crown Theater in McCormick Place when it premiered in 1965 until the mid '80s. Standing today in Chicago is The Ruth Page Foundation, housing a performing arts center and school of dance, directed by Larry Long through his death in 2009, and currently directed by Victor Alexander. The spirit of her choreography through recreation and by inspiration continues her universal vision. An elegant Chicago icon, an original vibrant among her peers with eloquent passion, Ruth Page lived a life of firsts.