Jordan College of the Arts
Department of Dance

Rosanna Ruffo

Rosanna Ruffo, adjunct instructor of dance, began her ballet training at the National School of Ballet in Panama. In 1987 she received a scholarship to study at the prestigious Russian Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg. While in Russia, Ms. Ruffo performed in The Maryinsky Theatre (former Kirov) productions of Les Sylphides, The Nutcracker, Paquita, La Bayadre and others.

In 1985 after her return to Panama, she was promoted to the rank of principal dancer. Under the artistic direction of Dame Margot Fonteyn and Nitzia de Martin, Ms. Ruffo performed the leading roles in La Bayadre, Swan Lake, Giselle, The Nutcracker, and Les Sylphides. Ms. Ruffo was a finalist in the Third USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi in 1986. Two years later she joined Indianapolis Ballet Theater and performed leading roles in productions of The Nutcracker, Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Raymonda, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Variations Brilliante, and George Balanchines Night Shadow. In 1993 she began working with regional schools and dance companies in St. Louis and Chicago, teaching ballet technique and pointe, and re-staging and coaching ballet productions.

Ms. Ruffo joined Butler's dance faculty in 1995 where she teaches Ballet Technique and Pointe and coaches dancers for Butler Ballet company productions.


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Department of Dance

Lilly Hall, Room 50
4600 Sunset Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
(317) 940-9346
Department Chair: Larry Attaway
Admin. Assistant: Judy Gauer
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