Ballet & Dance Faculty
Carrie Ruth was born in Orlando, FL and received her formal training at the Orlando Ballet School, under the direction of Peter Stark. While with the school, she had the unique opportunity of performing Richard Cook’s Dance of the Hours at the New York City Center for YAGP’s gala, “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow”. In 2008, she was offered a traineeship with Charlotte Ballet, where she studied with Patricia McBride and Mark Diamond. The following year she joined Tulsa Ballet’s second company, where she spent two seasons before being promoted to the main company in 2011. While with Tulsa Ballet, Carrie Ruth performed repertoire by renowned choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Ronald Hynd, George Balanchine, Ben Stevenson, Edward Liang, and John Cranko. She then joined Ballet Des Moines in its’ inaugural season, where she performed soloist roles in a variety of classical and contemporary works, most notably Within The Bodies and Angeli, both by Ma Cong. She also danced with American Contemporary Ballet in Los Angeles for their 2014 summer season.
In 2016, Carrie Ruth returned to Oklahoma where she danced with Oklahoma City Ballet for five seasons. Some of her favorite performance opportunities while with OKCB include Septime Webre’s Alice (in Wonderland), Agnes DeMille’s Rodeo, First Theme in Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Holiday Wife and Bride in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Russian demi-soloist in Balanchine’s Serenade, and Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye’s Separation. She also had two original works of her own, You See What You Look For and Whistling in the Dark, featured in Oklahoma City Ballet’s Future Voices.
In addition to working as a freelance choreographer, Carrie Ruth has also recently served as both dancer and ballet master for Osage Ballet’s production, WahZhaZhe. She is looking forward to her first season with Ballet Frontier and to be teaching at Ballet Center of Fort Worth.