In the November 1947 issue of Dance Magazine, we talked to Ruth Page about her impossible-to-categorize career. She danced for numerous ballet companies, such as Serge Diagheliv's Ballets Russes (where she worked with a young George Balanchine), was invited to dance in Tokyo in honor of Emperor Hirohito's enthronement and appeared many times on Broadway.
A prolific choreographer renowned for her versatility, she told us, "I cannot 'feel' a role until I have worked it out on myself."
In addition to making ballets that were frequently centered upon Americana subjects, Page was one of the Great White Way's go-to dancemakers, and could count Aaron Copland, Isamu Noguchi, Katherine Dunham and Rudolf Nureyev amongst her collaborators and colleagues. A driving force for concert dance in Chicago, The Ruth Page Center for the Arts continues her legacy today.