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Ruth Armstrong

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Ruth began her training at The Pauline Howard School of Dance under the guidance of Patricia Ellis FISTD examiner/committee and Pauline Howard ARAD. She continued to further her studies at Laine Theatre Arts and graduated with Diplomas in Musical Theatre and Professional Dance whilst additionally attaining ISTD Associate teaching qualifications in Modern, Tap and Imperial Ballet.

After several years working as a freelance teacher and choreographer, Ruth joined the Dance Faculty at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts teaching Jazz, Modern and Tap alongside being resident choreographer for dance and musical theatre productions. Ruth was instrumental in devising a structured course of study for Tring Park’s Outreach Dance programme, which successfully encouraged access to dance for children attending primary schools in Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas. Additional choreographic credits include commissions for National Youth Ballet, Encore Dance Company Tour, Move It dance exhibition and gala performances at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre and The Shaftesbury Theatre.

Having pursued her ISTD qualifications to Fellowship status, Ruth became a dual examiner for the Modern and Tap faculties in 2005. As a member of the Modern and Tap faculties’ teaching teams she takes great pleasure in lecturing for teachers and students at courses throughout the UK and internationally. Ruth has a true passion for theatre jazz and dance artistry and was proud to have been instrumental in creating new optional Jazz Award amalgamations. More recently she choreographed the Musical Theatre Amalgamation for the new Intermediate Tap syllabus, launched in August 2017. 

In 2013 Ruth returned to working as a freelance vocational teacher and choreographer, and has since taught at Mountview, GSA, The Urdang Academy and is currently part of the faculty at Bird College, where she additionally tutors the DDE Modern teaching qualification. In addition she is a regular guest teacher for Chrysalis London, Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, National Youth Ballet and Gielgud Academy of the Performing Arts.

Ruth is delighted to become a member of the Modern Theatre Committee and is very much looking forward to contributing to its future development.