Fall Dance Registration Sept 12, 4-6pm Sept 14, 4-6pm Sept 16, 11-3pm
Ruth graduated with a BFA from Youngstown State University in Communications and Theater and studied dance collectively at Youngstown State and Kent State University, where she graduated with a minor in dance.
Ruth is a part-time dance faculty member at Youngstown State University’s Cliff College of Creative Arts. Her areas of specialty include pointe, classical ballet, jazz and modern, and she has used these forms of dance to create innovative choreography for musical theater and ballet venues at her studio over the last thirty-three years. Ruth served as President of the YSU Dance Ensemble, and she also performed in several YSU theater productions. At Kent State University, Ruth studied Horton and Jose Lemon modern dance techniques, ballet and improvisation.
In 2018, 2016 and 2007, Ruth’s Dance & Fitness Co. LLC was chosen to be the host school for The Moscow Ballet’s “The Great Russian Nutcracker.” These performances gave students an opportunity to dance with a professional ballet company.
In 2017, Ruth’s Senior and Junior dance students were chosen to perform at the Camping World Bowl in Orlando Florida. While there, students had the opportunity to perform in the parade at Universal Studios. In 2012, Ruth’s students were chosen to perform at the Orange Bowl in Miami. Between 2010 and 2019, several of her students were chosen to attend “The Beginnings Workshops” in NYC, where Broadway professionals worked with students in acting, singing and dance. The workshop culminated in an off-Broadway performance in New York City in front of Broadway directors and producers. In 2007, Ruth’s senior dance students danced at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
Over the last 15 years, Ruth has taught students of all ages to dance, act and sing to the soundtracks of a variety of popular musicals. She is a former choreographer for the Struthers Show Choir and several high school dance lines. She is a certified group exercise instructor through NETA and offers body strengthening classes at her studio. Ruth also teaches chair exercise classes at several assisted living centers in the Youngstown area.
Breeze Stec: Breeze plays a key role in assisting Ruth with her Children’s Ballet classes. She has been teaching with Ruth for the last 10 years. She also helps teach the Junior level Ballet and Junior level jazz dance classes. Breeze has studied dance with Ruth for 15 years. Breeze played the lead dance role as “Charity Barnum”, in Ruth’s dance production of “The Greatest Showman” in 2019. In Nov. of 2016 and Dec. of 2018, Breeze was chosen to dance the “Chinese Dance”, with The Moscow Ballet’s principal dancers in “The Great Russian Nutcracker”. Breeze also performed with The Moscow Ballet as a “Snowflake” when she was a child In Dec. of 2007. In the Fall 2018, Breeze attended “The Beginnings Workshop” in New York. While she was there, she worked with professional cast members, producers, and directors from Broadway and Hollywood where she studied classes in acting, singing, and dancing. The workshop ended with a performance off Broadway where she performed a monologue at the Orpheum Theater. Breeze graduated from Poland Seminary High School in 2019 and is a recent graduate from YSU with a Bachelor of Engineering degree. She is currently working as an intern at APTIV, in addition to teaching dance at Ruth’s Dance and Fitness Co. LLC
Sarah Henry: Over the last 10 years, Sarah has played an integral role in helping Ruth with her recitals and teaching Ballet and Jazz to young children through the alumni classes. She currently teaches the youngest students at Ruth’s Dance & Fitness Co. LLC. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Child Education. Sarah studied Ballet and Jazz technique with Ruth since she was 5 years of age. In 2018, she helped the “Snowflakes” learn their choreography for the Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker”. Sarah was cast as the lead role, Elphaba, in Ruth’s dance production of “Wicked” in 2013. She is also the Choreographer for the Poland Players at Poland High School. Sarah really enjoys time spent with her little son Caleb and is married to Jacob Henry who is a former alumnus of Ruth’s Dance and Fitness Co. LLC. He played several lead roles at Ruth’s over the last decade.
All dance classes will be held at the 721 Building, located at 721 Boardman-Poland Rd., Boardman, OH.
The Fall Schedule starts the 2nd week of September each year and runs through the 4th week of June.
The Entire schedule runs in four week sessions, excluding the month of December, which is a 3 week session.
Ruth's Dance & Fitness Co.,LLC centers on the development of strong dancers through teaching the principles of Ballet, Modern Dance and Jazz techniques. To ensure a highly successful program, there is an inherent need to have constant attendance by the students. If a student misses more than 5 classes during the year, a doctor's note will need to be presented, furthermore, if a student habitually misses class, he/she will be omitted from the recital. Teamwork is essential throughout the year and performances will reflect the commitment level of the students working together. If there is a need to miss a lesson (family emergency, illness), please call the studio to report off at 330-782-6785.
Missed lessons due to poor weather conditions may be credited to your monthly payment. However, if classes are missed for illness or extenuating circumstances, it is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with the instructor to receive a group make-up session. All monthly payments will remain the same amount for lessons missed when students fail to come to class.
There may be a time when lessons will be cancelled by the instructor due to weather, instructor illness or travel. Cancellations due to weather will be reported on local news stations under the name of Ruth's Dance & Fitness Co.,LLC . Also, if you call the studio, there will be an appropriate message on the machine. When classes are cancelled by the studio, a class may be made up or credited for the month. If a lesson has to be canceled for any other reason, it will be announced in class in advance, or we will call the students' homes.
All payments must be turned in the first week of the month. Please follow the payment calendar that is handed to you at registration. Any payment past 30 days will include a $10.00 late fee for that month. Due to building rental, payroll, utilities, etc., the studio cannot have an interruption in cash flow.
The order for costumes is paid up front by the studio. In order to guarantee your costume comes in on time a 40% down payment must be paid by mid March. A payment plan will be set up for you for the remaining balance. All costume payments must be paid in full two weeks before recital date or students will not be permitted to perform in the annual recital.
All Dance students will be expected to perform in the annual spring recital. Depending on the class, there may be optional performance opportunities through local competitions, fairs, or demonstrations at Assisted living facilities. Check with your instructor for more details.
Leotards and tights are the only acceptable forms of clothing for class. This is necessary so that the
instructors will be able to check body alignment and proper execution of movements. T-shirts, jeans and school clothes are not acceptable for class. Please, if you are arriving from school or work, bring the necessary clothes to change into for your lesson. Proper shoes are required at all times – Ballet or Jazz shoes for respective classes. You can find the items you need at any dance supply store, catalog or local retail outlet.
1st Dance Class $ 72.00/mo
2nd Dance Class $ 100.00/mo
3rd Dance Class $ 120.00/mo
4th Dance Class $ 140.00/mo
For those students taking multiple dance classes, the first class is $14.50 with each subsequent class at $6.00. All classes are paid monthly and are PREPAID during the first week of each 4 week session. This policy will be strictly enforced to alleviate poor attendance.
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