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Rossana Ruffo
Rosanna Ruffo, a native of Panama, is a professor of dance at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. She began her training at the National Ballet School of Panama and continued as a scholarship student at the Vaganova School of Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia. While in Russia, Rosanna performed with the Kirov Ballet in Les Sylphides, The Nutcracker, Paquita, and La Bayadère.  After four years with the Kirov and study with Natalia M. Dudinskaya, Tatiana A. Udalenkova, and Konstantin M. Sergeyev, Ms. Ruffo returned to the National Ballet of Panama as a soloist, performing the leading roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Les Sylphides, La Bayadère and The Nutcracker.  In 1986, she was one of six finalists in the Third USA International Ballet Competition and was named International Honorary Citizen by the Mayor of New Orleans.
 

In 1988, Ms. Ruffo joined the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, where she was featured in productions of The Nutcracker, Giselle, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Raymonda, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Variations Brilliante, and George Balachine’s Night Shadow.  She has been a guest artist in New Orleans, New Haven, San Antonio, San Francisco, Sacramento, Saint Louis, Chicago and with the National Ballet of Panama.  In her last dance review from Romeo and Juliet, New York Times critic Jack Anderson said, “Rosanna Ruffo was an eager Juliet, who moved lightly and impulsively, as if wanting to soar upward with every step and gesture.”   Ms. Ruffo joined the faculty of the Dance Department at Butler University in January 1995.

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