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 Ruth Page

Ruth Page

Birth
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Death 7 Apr 1991 (aged 92)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot Section: WILLOWMERE, Lot: 19&20 Sub12C, Space: 1
Memorial ID 6391 · View Source
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Professional Dancer. She was the grand dame of dance in Chicago for nearly 70 years and is credited with being the first choreographer to turn a full-blown opera into a full-blown ballet, remaking "Carmen" into "Guns and Castenets" in 1939. She began her professional dance career at the age of 15, and studied dance in New York. In the mid-1920s Page made her debut as a choreographer with "Frankie and Johnnie," and joined forces with Bentley Stone to form Chicago's Page-Stone Ballet Company. From 1926 through 1970, Page served as first dancer, choreographer or director of such noted Chicago institutions as the Allied Arts, Chicago Grand Opera Company, Ravinia Opera Festival, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Ballet and Chicago Ballet. For over 30 years Page was the director and choreographer of "The Nutcracker" at the Arie Crown Theater. In 1970, she founded the Ruth Page School of Dance, which currently has some 300 students. When Page died, she was the third major dance figure to have died in the span of a month, after English ballerina Margot Fonteyn and modern dance pioneer Martha Graham.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 18 Sep 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6391
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ruth Page (22 Mar 1899–7 Apr 1991), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6391, citing Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .