Ruth Page

Ruth Page (1899-1991), born in Indianapolis, became a legendary ballerina and choreographer of international renown. She made her professional debut on Broadway at the age of 18 which was followed by touring with Anna Pavlova’s Company. Though she did extensive touring and danced with many companies, Page made Chicago her home base. Page, herself, founded numerous companies serving as director/choreographer and her ballets have been performed around the world.

In Chicago, Page was best known for her production of The Nutcracker which became a holiday tradition for generations of Chicagoland residents. After retiring, she established the Ruth Page Foundation (now known as the Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance). Ruth Page’s legacy lives on through the training young dancers receive and their performances at the dance center.

Why this stop? The Sheridan Red Line stop is the closest stop to Graceland Cemetery, the final resting place of Ruth Page. (Fun fact--She is buried 5 feet away from Cubs star Ernie Banks.)

Watch a ballet choreographed by Ruth Page.

Women's L Project Connection -- The associate director in charge of children for the annual production of The Nutcracker was Edna McRae.