Brunilda Ruiz

Brunilda Ruiz


Title: Dancer, Dance Instructor, Choreographer
Location: Waldwick, New Jersey, United States

Brunilda Ruiz, Dancer, Dance Instructor and Choreographer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in performing arts.

Ms. Ruiz became a dancer because she was inspired by a dancer as a child and found that she had learned her craft at the YMCA. Ms. Ruiz turned to her family to help support her dream and eventually started studying dance at the YMCA on 92nd Street in New York City under the tutelage of Martha Melinkoff. Since then, she has been an instrumental artist. She earned a diploma from the High School of Performing Arts in 1954 and continued her studies at the State University of New York at Empire State College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1955.

Early in her career, Ms. Ruiz worked as a charter member and principal dancer at the Joffrey Ballet from 1955 to 1964. During that time, she also became a soloist at the New York City Opera from 1959 to 1961. Following these roles, she performed as a charter member and principal dancer at the Harkness Ballet. She went on to launch her own company, becoming a founding member of the Puerto Rico Dance Theatre. Following this, she served as the Associate Director of the Baron Ballet Company and then Ballet Mistress of the Milwaukee Ballet Company. She then brought her expertise to an instructor role at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. She has also been an instructor of ballet at the New Jersey Ballet School and The Julliard School.

Ms. Ruiz was born in Puerto Rico and came to the United States as a young child. She was one of the few Puerto Rican ballerinas in her day. Ms. Ruiz took great pride in that. She met Robert Joffrey before she graduated from the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. He wanted her to become a founding dancer in his new company. Furthermore, Ms. Ruiz has been honored with many accolades in her career, including the National Choreographic Award from the National Association for Regional Ballet and being named as the Dancer of the Month by Dance Magazine. She received several grants from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts in her career. Ms. Ruiz is credited with choreographing dances for “Holberg Suite,” “Ballet Espanol,” “Ritmo Indio,” “Variations on a Theme by Chopin” and many other routines.

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