Ruth Osborne

2018 - ACT Australian of the Year Nominee

A pioneer of youth dance practice in Australia, Ruth Osborne has been performing, teaching, choreographing, directing and collaborating for more than four decades.

Ruth established the Contemporary Dance Centre, taught at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and was founding Artistic Director of STEPS Youth Dance Company.

She has choreographed for local, national and international television and film, and for large-scale events.
Ruth has also served on boards of many contemporary dance and ballet companies, and has developed a unique approach to youth dance that delivers immersive, creative and demanding dance experiences.

Her dancers have challenged audiences around the world, from Singapore to Scotland, and from Thailand to Taiwan. As the Artistic Director of QL2 Dance in Canberra, Ruth is dedicated to developing the next generation of dancemakers and to building a dynamic, caring and diverse artistic community.

Ruth gives her students more than training. She builds young artists by helping them tap into their own creativity and discover their own individuality.

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