Ms. Ruhlin is a professional dancer, teacher, choreographer, and artist. She received a BA in Dance Pedagogy with a double emphasis in ballet and jazz from Butler University in 2008. She danced professionally with the Louisville Ballet Company, Roxey Ballet, Missouri Ballet Theatre, Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company, and as a freelancer in New York City. She has danced in works by some of the top choreographers in the field including Lila York, Val Caniparoli, Andre Prokovsky, Jessica Lang, and Uri Sands. Her commercial dance experience ranges from backup dancing for Aretha Franklin to comedian Hannibal Buress' 'Ballerina Rap' on tour. Her choreography has been presented nationally by RAW Artists, Regional Dance America, and with grants awarded by the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council. She is an experienced teacher in ballet, jazz, modern, musical theater, and movement therapy through the nationally-accredited Center of Creative Arts in St. Louis, and in a variety of health facilities including centers for the deaf, eating disorder clinics, and in senior living homes. Outside of the United States, she has taught and studied in St. Petersburg, Russia, Spain, and Uganda. Research through Washington University includes the imipact of dance on Parkinson's disease, and brain damage reversal in cases of dementia through the practice of classical ballet. Her writing and art has been featured on a variety of blogs, and in print and online in various publications. She is the founder and editor of Bodies Never Lie, covering dance in both concert and popular culture. Ms. Ruhlin is also a member of AFTRA.
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