Marilyn Ruekberg is a former dancer and dance educator. She toured and performed at Chicago’s famous Empire Room with the Merriel Abbott Dancers and danced briefly with the San Francisco Ballet. Throughout her career, she often performed under the name "Mari Lynn." After retiring from performing, she opened the Marilyn Ruekberg School of Dance in Highland Park. 


August 15, 2019: Two days after her 97th birthday, Marilyn Ruekberg shares memories of her extensive performing and teaching career. She describes taking class from Merriel Abbott and her performances with the Abbott dancers throughout her teens and twenties, recalls stories of travelling around the world and working with some of the most popular performers of the time. Ruekberg also reflects on her philosophies as a dance educator and how dance continues to impact her life.

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