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Ruslan Sprague

Ruslan Sprague lived in an orphanage specializing in music and dance in Jaroslavl, Russia, until he was three years old. Then he was adopted by Carl Sprague and Susan Merrill of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where he has lived ever since. One of the first things he did in the United States was to see the Albany Berkshire Ballet’s production of THE NUTCRACKER, which inspired the passion he has had for dance and choreography ever since. The following spring he performed his first role as the changeling in the Albany Berkshire Ballet’s production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and has been performing with ABB ever since, in the annual touring production of THE NUTCRACKER. As a student he danced under Madeline Culpo, Deirdre Duffin, and Nancy King, at the Cantarella School of Dance. Later, he also danced at Studio One under Darrell Pucciarello, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He also danced at the Boston Conservatory and Boston Ballet summer intensive programs, as well as two Boston Ballet choreography workshops, in which he worked with Helen Pickett (Forsythe) and Jorma Elo. After graduating from Monument Mountain Regional High School, where he designed, choreographed, and danced THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA as his senior WISE project, he spent two years in Salt Lake City, Utah, with Ballet West, performing in Anna Marie Holmes’ DON QUIXOTE and Frederick Ashton”s CINDERELLA. Since returning to the East Coast, he has been freelancing, guesting, teaching, and choreographing with various companies. Other roles and performances include: Darrell Pulciarello's DRACULA, with Ballet Metropolis, in which he danced the title role; Paula Weber’s CARMINA BURANA; Albany Berkshire Ballet’s PETRUSHKA; Western Chicago Ballet’s CINDERELLA; Charleston Ballet’s CINDERELLA; as well the Albany Berkshire Ballet’s THE NUTCRACKER, in which he dances the Snow Prince and the Russian divertissement. He has recently been working with Moscow Ballet for a new choreography project. His own choreography includes: ASTAIRE TRIBUTE, GYMNOPEDIE (Satie), WHO’s LOVIN’ YOU (Buble) as well as "THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA. He has taught with the Renaissance Arts Center, Hinsdale Dance Academy, Ballet Institute of Atlanta, and Albany Berkshire Ballet.

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DANCE REVIEW: Boston Ballet at Jacob’s Pillow

Each of the four duets had a sense of romanticism, each one telling a different kind of relationship, but the choreography was much more modern.

REVIEW: The raw intensity of PHILADANCO! impresses

The program presented by PHILADANCO! was an impressive display of raw intensity and serious abandon within their work.

REVIEW: A tour de force from Batsheva Dance at Jacob’s Pillow

Never underestimate minimalism in movement; it draws the eye to the action of what’s happening.

A DANCER’S EYE: Adam Weinert’s ‘Monument,’ historic choreography

When else can you see the choreography of Ted Shawn, Doris Humphrey, and José Limón in one performance?

A DANCER’S EYE: ARIAS at Jacob’s Pillow, a treat to watch

The pas de deux between Ana Maria Lucaciu and Jermaine Spivey was enchanting, beautiful and had a quality of partnering I hadn’t seen before.

A DANCER’S EYE: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago at The Pillow

As a whole, I was pleased with the program and the dancers certainly performed with passion and without flaw.

A DANCER’S EYE: Che Malambo ignites The Pillow

The dancers themselves have such energy and such passion that they create an electrifying atmosphere. You can’t take your eyes off them for one second.

DANCE REVIEW: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet starts Pillow season with a bang

It was striking how each choreographer had a clear vision of how they wanted to incorporate light.
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