Photo Flash: Dancers Over 40's Tribute to Ruth Page

Monday's Dancers Over 40's Tribute honored Chicago Ballet's superstar Ruth Page in "A World Apart" at Off-Broadway's St. Luke's Theatre, March 23, 2015. Check out photos below!

Ruth Page was a dance innovator who refused to be pigeon-holed into just one type of dance, Ruth worked with all the greats, and was the first American to dance with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1925. Prokofiev, Gershwin and Ravel played for her, Isamu Noguchi designed her costumes and she commissioned Aaron Copland's first ballet score. She dedicated her life to making dance and ballet accessible to everyone.

Ruth's work on Broadway includes her professional stage debut in Jerome Kern and Victor Herbert's Miss 1917, a leading role in Irving Berlin's Music Box Revue 1923-24 edition, and choreographing 1947's Music in My Heart. A double-bill of her famous opera ballets Revenge and The Merry Widow had a six-day a sell-out run at the Broadway Theater in 1955.

Broadway's Lawrence Leritz and DO40 board member Andrew Wentink are the great minds behind this panel.Lawrence Leritz danced with her company and Andrew Wentink curated all of Ruth's materials for the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing arts, knew Ruth for many years and wrote extensively on her career.

Scheduled to pay tribute to Ruth in person or in recorded messages are Patricia McBride, Kirsten Simone, George de la Pena, Mel A. Tomlinson, Karen Brown, Dolores Lipinski, Patricia Klekovic, Gildo D'Annunzio, Helene Alexopolous,Lawrence Leritz, Tom Gold, Cynthia Roses, Suzette Boyer, Dean Badolato, Bil Badolato, dance historian Joellen Meglin, and Dakin Hart, Curator of the Isamu Noguchi Museum.

Tickets will be on sale at the St. Luke's Box Office early March, and on telecharge as well. Members, $25.00 with your 2014 - 2015 discount code/membership card; non-members, $45.00. Members call the telecharge number 212-947-8844 or go online to www.broadwayoffers.com. Non-members call telecharge at 212-239-6200 or go towww.telecharge.com. The St. Luke's Box Office is open 7 days a week, 2 - 6pm (save phone and online charges by going to the box office!).

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Photo Flash: Dancers Over 40's Tribute to Ruth Page
Hosts Lawrence Leritz and Andrew Wentink

Photo Flash: Dancers Over 40's Tribute to Ruth Page
John Sefakis (DO40 President), Mel A Tomlinson (Dance Theatre of Harlem, NYCB), Andrew Wentink (Host/archivist), Broadway''s George de la Pena (Woman Of The Year, ABT) and Lawrence Leritz (Host/Fiddler On The Roof).

Photo Flash: Dancers Over 40's Tribute to Ruth Page
Host Lawrence Leritz

Photo Flash: Dancers Over 40's Tribute to Ruth Page
Gildo Di Nunzio, Bill Badalato (She Loves Me), Dean Badalato (Chorus Line) Patricia Klekovic, James Dybas (George M!) Dolores Lipinski, Lawrence Leritz, Bill Reilly (My Fair Lady) and Tom Gold

Photo Flash: Dancers Over 40's Tribute to Ruth Page

Cynthia Roses, Mel A. Tomlinson, Karen Brown, Andrew Wentink, Helene Alexopoulos, Suzette Boyer, Patricia Rozow, George de la Pena