Jordan College of the Arts
Department of Dance

Cynthia Pratt

Pratt Bio

Cynthia Pratt, Professor of Dance, has been a faculty member since 1994. She received her B.A. degree in Ballet from Virginia Interment College and her M.F.A. degree from Temple University. She has a wide range of performing experiences both in the United States and Europe in ballet, modern, and jazz companies including work with Lynn Simonson in New York. In addition, she has worked on television and in musical reviews with Jonde Mai Productions in Amsterdam and with numerous independent choreographers both in New York and in Europe. Ms. Pratt has taught and choreographed extensively at such institutions as the North Carolina School of the Arts, New York University, Steps, Philadanco, the National Ballet Academy Theatre School in Amsterdam, the Goteborg Ballet Akademien in Gothenburg, Sweden, and Dance Space Center in New York. She has worked as an auditioner for the Jacob's Pillow Summer Dance Festival Jazz Project and served as Artistic Director for several choreographic showcases established to exhibit the work of new choreographers at Evolving Arts in New York.  Since joining the Butler dance faculty, Ms. Pratt has worked with many institutions outside of Butler University, including guest positions at University of Iowa, Virginia Dance Theater, University of Georgia and National Taiwan University of the Arts.  She is the Guest Choreographer in Residence for Dance Kaleidoscope, Indiana's premier professional modern company, and has created many highly acclaimed works for both Dance Kaleidoscope and for Butler Ballet.  Ms. Pratt has been the recipient of various grants supporting her choreographic work including being awarded the prestigious Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Indianapolis Arts Council in both 2003 and 2011.  In 2003, Ms. Pratt was the founding Artistic Director of Butler Chamber Dance, a project-based performance group within the Butler Dance Department designed to create additional creative opportunities for students and faculty.  Under her direction, Butler Chamber Dance has performed at Hope College, Wabash College, Penrod Arts Festival, The Indianapolis Spirit & Place Festival, and at the Indianapolis Intermedia Festival.  Ms. Pratt is a Certified Movement Analyst and holds a degree from the Laban Institute for Movement Studies. She teaches Laban Movement Analysis, Jazz, Ballet Technique, Body Placement, Choreography and Jazz Teaching Analysis.


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Department of Dance

Lilly Hall, Room 50
4600 Sunset Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
(317) 940-9346
Department Chair: Larry Attaway
Admin. Assistant: Judy Gauer
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