Ruth began her training in the Cecchetti Method as a dance student under Mary Ellen Cooper in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, at the age of five. She completed her Cecchetti Advanced Teacher’s Exam in 1995, and later, after moving to Canada, became a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (Ballet, Highland and Scottish Nationals branches).
She has been teaching ballet in London and the surrounding area since 1997. Always looking to further develop her teaching repertoire, Ruth attended the Dance Teacher Summit in New York City on three occasions in recent years. As a dancer and a teacher, she spent many summers at the Cecchetti Council of America International Summer School in conjunction with such institutions as: Michigan State University, Hope College and the Cleveland-San Jose Ballet.
Although ballet is Ruth’s passion … musical theatre, tap, modern and highland all come a close second, and she has studied them all. She also serves as vice-chair for B.A.T.D. Western Ontario and vice-chair for the Celtic Dance Company of Western Ontario. Her highland choreography has placed at many festivals and competitions across Canada.
Ruth is the proud mother of two, and she and her husband love watching their son fence and swim and their daughter sing and dance. She is looking forward to an exciting and fulfilling year with the talented dancers and staff of North London Dance Centre.