Ruth Lewis is the founder and director of Dimensional Dance. She was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, but spent the majority of her youth growing up in the pastoral town of Harvard, Massachusetts where her parents owned and operated an International Youth Hostel called Friendly Crossways. After graduating from the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts she went on to dance professionally. She finished her dancing career with American Repertory Ballet then became assistant to the director, Septime Webre. She and her husband moved to Bermuda for four years where they had two children and where she was rehearsal director for National Ballet of Bermuda.
Ms. Lewis has steered Dimensional Dance to create meaningful inspiring programs. Most recently the company has focused on women’s experiences and performed numerous pieces by female choreographers. These pieces include Phenomenal Woman inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem, Fierce Like Frida about Frida Kahlo and One Art based on Elizabeth Bishop’s iconic poem. For the 2020 season the company will be creating a new program about Prudence Crandall and her first student Sarah Harris. Prudence is the Connecticut social justice figure who in 1833 was one of the first in the nation to teach women of color higher education.