Jordan College of the Arts
Department of Dance

Our Mission


Principles of the Department of Dancepage2

The vision of the Department of Dance of the Jordan College of the Arts at Butler University is to provide excellence and national leadership in the training of students for future professions in dance and in the education of well-rounded individuals. It seeks to develop young people capable of specialization and versatility, technical mastery and artistic expression, as well as to foster an understanding of dance in a global context, and leadership in both its traditions and its changes.

The mission of the Department of Dance is to seek committed and promising students of dance, to develop in them a foundation of a broadly-based dance training with a central but non-exclusive focus on classical ballet, and to integrate this training with a liberal arts education, in order to prepare students for future professions in dance and to contribute to their wider communities. Additionally, it is our mission to provide excellent quality dance to Butler University, to Indianapolis and to the region.

The department of dance accomplishes its mission through the following goals:

  • To encourage and foster the educational development of students in many facets of the art of dance, while promoting the development of well-rounded, highly educated individuals of academic and artistic excellence.
  • To prepare dancers for future professions in many dance endeavors: as performers, choreographers, teachers, administrators, and scholars.
  • To provide high quality technical training to serious dance students with a central focus on classical ballet technique and integrating significant additional study in other dance forms, while providing a broad exposure to essential theoretical areas of dance and to liberal arts, so as to encourage well-rounded, thinking dancers who have much to contribute to their profession.
  • To serve the college, the University, and the community at large through a variety of outreach programs and through collaborations with educational and professional arts organizations.

Since 1992, the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) is the accrediting agent of the department of dance. The organization is composed of schools and individuals representing the highest traditions and aims in the education of dance students. The association is established to develop a closer relationship among schools and programs of dance for the purpose of examining and improving practices and professional standards in dance education and training. The department of dance of Butler University, Jordan College of the Arts, highly values its membership in NASD.