Ruby Dolman was born in Adelaide, South Australia and began her dance training at Vivienne Winter’s Royal Academy of Dance. She completed her Year Eleven and Year Twelve SACE Dance academia at Gravity Dance Studios with High Distinctions and in 2012 Dolman began her full time training at the Adelaide College of the Arts, graduating with a Bachelor of Dance Performance and achieving the Arts Excellence Award for outstanding all round achievement in dance in the class of 2014.
2017 for Ruby started with a season of Dances for a small stage produced by Rachel Kennedy and Lisa Lonero Allen. Ruby performed in Lisa Lonero's work Orange, as well as collaborating with musician Leah Blankendaal on a solo work, Ha'Adam. A solo created on our connection to the world and at times our lack of humanity. Through common tasks and actions, every day ritual and shared experience, we found through movement and sound that we are more than the sum of our differences.
Dolman worked in Jessie McKinlay’s first development of A Supposed Truth. During 2017 Ruby also started developing her own work, Ha’Adam for Australian Dance Theatre’s Rough Draft and has recently created a new work Humans Anonymous during her Leigh Warren Dance Hub residency. Ruby performed in the Tiff Maneull opening night of The Adelaide Fashion Festival, choreographed by Penelope Shum and has collaborated with Tobiah Booth-Remmers on SUE (Series of Unexpected Events) commissioned by Paul Gazzola and the City of Onkaparinga.
In 2016 Ruby and Emma Watkins choreographed and performed "It is what it is?" for the Adelaide Fringe Festival and "Stuck on Reply" with the vocal group Voice of Transition. Ruby was awarded a Personal Development Grant by youth arts organisation, Carclew, in 2016. She spent time in Israel participating in dance workshops with Batsheva Dance Company, Vertigo Dance Company, Catamon Dance Collective and in Europe Hofesh Shechter Dance Company, and various independent dancers.
2015 for Ruby included performing for Elizabeth Cameron Dalmon's work Blowing in the Wind for Australian Dance Theatres 50th Anniversary. Ruby also performed for Adelaide Choreographer, Tobiah Booth Remmers, in his Bike Powered Pop-up Dance for Splash Adelaide, and Australian Tour Down Under street performances. As well as performing in both the Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
In 2014 Ruby choreographed Bent as part of The Adelaide Fringe Rip Drag Ruminate season, working with Emma Watkins and Courteney Cox to create a duo exploring the concept of dependency.
Throughout 2014 Ruby Dolman performed for Peter Sheedy in both Wood, Steel & Hollow Water and Skinning the Tale, Kialea-Nadine Williams in Ojos, Chris Scherer in Izzy D and Larissa McGowan in Inconsolable Robots in Search of Distraction.
Ruby was apart of Peter Sheedy’s 2013 remount of Talk to the Hand, she was Rehearsal Director on Adelaide Independent, Lisa Griffth's work Chance performed by Adelaide College of the Arts Second Year dancers and performed in Xiao Xiong Zhang’s The Glow of Dawn, 2013.
Ruby Dolman also performed in Beneath the Leaves choreographed by Georgina Munton for the 2012 Adelaide Fringe, and inPerspective choreographed by Philip Channells for Australian Dance Theatre’s Rough Draft and Ausdance SA’s Choreolab In- Theatre seasons in 2012.
Throughout 2014 Ruby spent time seconded with Mirramu Dance Company, Shaun Parker Dance Company, Sydney Dance Company and Expressions Dance Company. Ruby looks to continue learning and growing as a dancer in the future.