Jordan College of the Arts
Department of Dance

Larry A. Attaway

Attaway Bio

Larry A. Attaway, Chair, Department of Dance; Executive Director, Butler Ballet.

Mr. Attaway was appointed Chair of the Butler Department of Dance in June of 2010.  He first came to Butler University in September 1997 when he was first appointed Director of the Jordan Academy of Dance. The move to Indianapolis followed a 25-year association with the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. He served CalArts in many capacities: faculty member, Associate Dean of the School of Dance, President of the Academic Senate, Faculty Trustee, and Chair of Interschool Projects Committee. His professional arts-training began at Florida State University under the tutelage of Mr. Albert Tipton (music) and Ms. Nancy Smith-Fichter (dance) and in 1971 he completed his Bachelor of Music degree at FSU. In 1972 he moved to California and continued his dance/music training with Mel Powell, Lee Hambro, Cara Bradbury Marcus, Donald McKayle and his life-long mentor, Bella Lewitzky.

From 1972-1997 he was Composer-in-Residence and Associate Director for Bella Lewitzky and the Lewitzky Dance Company, touring extensively throughout the US, Europe, Asia and Africa. He and Ms. Lewitzky collaborated on over 16 works in the company's repertoire. Among those included commissions from the ARCO Foundation (Agitime), the Krannart Center in Urbana, IL (Four Women in Time), the Chateauvallon Festival in Toulon, France (Facets), the UCLA Center for the Performing Arts (Impressions # 2, Van Gogh), and the Los Angeles Arts Festival (Impressions #1, Henry Moore). His song set,No Word, based on the poems of Stevie Smith, was premiered by tenor, Steven Stolen in 1998.

In 1980 he choreographed the re-construction of the 1912 Russian Avant-garde opera,Victory Over the Sun, for the LA County Museum, the Smithsonian, the Berlin Festival, the Amsterdam Festival, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival. As Artistic Director of the Jordan Dance Ensemble, he recently collaborated with Erik Stark and the Butler Chamber Singers on a new staging of Menotti's,The Unicorn, The Gorgon, and the Manticore.

In 1990, he became a founding member of the International Guild of Musicians in Dance an organization that is dedicated to the advancement of those musicians that have devoted their art to the world of dance. He has served the guild as Editor of its professional Journal, as President and is currently Treasurer.

He is a member of ASCAP; the National Association of Schools of Dance, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity (Epsilon Iota Chapter) and is also on the National Advisory Board of Sigma Rho Delta (dance honorary fraternity).  He has served the Indiana Council on the Arts as an Advisory Panelist., and recently was on the Performing Arts Panel of the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District in Dayton, Ohio.


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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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