Abby Bella Dance Featured Instructor: Ruth Doering

18 Sep

When I first got Ruth Doering’s resume, I cried.  I often get resumes from dancers who are looking for instructor positions and I always take the time to read them and see if they will fit into our studio, but Ruth’s was different.  Ruth has has an incredible resume with an amazing professional career and extensive teaching experience, I am honored that she has chosen to teach our students at Abby Bella Dance.

Ballet and Professional

At a very young age, Ruth was a Scholarship student at the School of American Ballet in New York City under the direction of George Balanchine.  She later joined New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theater where she had the privilege of working with both Agnes De Mille and Jerome Robbins.  Agnes DeMille also directed Ruth as a featured dancer in a production of “Carousel.”

Ruth with Carol Burnette

Peter Lawford, Carol Lawrence, ,Gary Moore, Carol Burnett. Ruth and Don Creighton and Ruth on floor

Ruth’s career then took her to television where she assisted choreographer Ernest Flatt and she performed as a featured dancer.

Ruth then worked for five years on the Gary Moore Show, as the lead dancer, with such performers as Carol Burnett, Julie Andrews and Gwen Verdon.

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Opening number on The Gary Moore Show

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The Hucklebuck on the Gary Moore Show

Ruth appeared on Broadway in a revival of “Annie Get Your Gun” with Ethel Merman choreographed by Danny Daniels. She also assisted the choreographer in “The Yearling” which had a short Broadway run. And, she assisted Carol Haney on the Oldsmobile Show featuring Florence Henderson. Ruth also played leading dance roles in Summer Theater including the Muni Opera in St Louis, performing in Oklahoma and Carousel.

Ruth and her dance partner Hal Loman, performed for the President of the United States at The Press Photographer’s Ball along with Bob Hope and Leslie Uggums in Washington, D.C..

In a letter from Tony Charmoli, Emmy, DGA and multiple Award winning Choreographer/Director, who worked with Ruth in Television, wrote:

When Ruth Lawrence Doering first came to work for me, it was obvious from the start she was a dancer to be reckoned with. Her professionalism, talent, artistry and dedications shone through and immediately gained my respect, and the respect of the other dancers, and the entire crew. Her brilliant work raised the level of performance of the entire company.

Without a doubt, “Ruthie” is not only a dancer of the highest caliber but has the unique ability to train other dancers to attain the high level of the art of the dance that she has maintained.

She has my greatest admiration and any student who comes under her guidance should be considered lucky to have such a teacher. She is tops on my list of recommendations. She is a JEWEL. I know…she was one of my dancers.

Ruth & Tony Charmoli

Ruth and Tony Charmoli

As a Teacher

Ruth taught at The Harkness School in New York City and the Imperial Studios in Palm Beach Florida.  She also taught dancers in Broadway Shows, including such stars as; Sandy Duncan and Michele Lee.

During Seven Summers, Ruth taught at Principia College where she presented a program:  Dance On Film. In this class, Ruth taught her students about the amazing talent of choreographers on TV programs such as Ernie Flatt on the Gary Moore Show. Ernie came from a Hollywood background where he worked with Gene Kelly, Mitzi Gaynor, and Donald O’Connor and went on to work on the Carol Burnett show. The greatness of Ernie Flatt was the speed in which he worked. He choreographed the show, Hucklebuck, in one hour.

Ruth was recently was a guest instructor at Principia College where she taught a Master Class in Musical Theater Dance.

As George Balanchine said “Dance is Music made visible”,  Ruth is happy to be teaching the wonderful students who come to Abby Bella. Many had stopped dancing and now are enjoying dancing again or dancing for the first time as adults. Ruth teaches Broadway Dance, Tap twice per week, Ballet and a beginning and an intermediate Jazz class called All About Jazz. To see Ruth’s entire schedule, click here.

Ruth is an inspiration to students, teachers and staff at Abby Bella with her dedication to dance in all forms. When you take a dance class with Ruth, you know you are getting the very best with emphasis on proper form and technique and she always takes the time to get to know her students. Ruth also teaches workshops for children throughout the Phoenix area in dance and theater. And, she has been a judge with Celebration of Dance in Arizona, a yearly program which featured dancers from the State of Arizona in performances during National Dance Week.

Last year Ruth went to see an appearance with Carol Burnett, when she raised her hand to ask a question, Carol announced to the crowd that she had worked with “Ruthie” and acknowledged her talent and their friendship.

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Carol Burnett with Ruth one year ago



Ruth lives in Scottsdale with her husband, Steve and her beloved Pepper.

I am so pleased that Ruth decided to teach classes at Abby Bella, as Tony Charmoli said, “She is a JEWEL” and all of us at Abby Bella Dance treasure her.

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