Leading schools of ballet included the Edna McRae School (1925–1964) and the Stone-Camryn School of Ballet (1941–1981), the latter particularly successful placing its graduates in professional companies. Founders Bentley Stone and Walter Camryn both danced with the Chicago Civic Opera Ballet and both were directors of the Federal Dance Theatre Project. With Page, Stone cofounded the Page-Stone Ballet, which toured widely and became the first American ballet company to visit South America.
At the opening of the twenty-first century, Chicago's companies included Ballet Chicago, growing out of the dissolution of Maria Tallchief's Chicago City Ballet (1980–1987); Ballet Theater of Chicago (founded 1996); and Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. The Joffrey, formerly a New York–based touring company founded as the Robert Joffrey Theatre Ballet in 1956 by Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino, moved its base of operation to Chicago in 1995. Although Chicago has nurtured scores of nationally recognized dancers, classic ballet struggles for corporate support and popular recognition.
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