Jordan College of the Arts
Department of Dance

Michelle Jarvis,

Jordan College of Fine Arts Associate Dean and Professor of Dance

Jarvis BioProfessor Jarvis, received her B.A. and M.A. from Butler University. She joined the Jordan College of the Arts dance faculty in 1986 after teaching at Millikin University (Decatur, Illinois) and the Jordan College Academy of Dance. Ms. Jarvis is a former company member of Dance Kaleidoscope and later became their company teacher for the 1985 season; she has also performed with the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre. In addition to her duties at Butler University, Ms. Jarvis has been guest teacher at the Hartford School of Ballet, the American College Dance Festival, Springfield Ballet, Young Audiences of Indiana, Summer Arts Institute, True Academy of Dance Lincoln, NE and Ballet Arkansas.

In 1999, Ms. Jarvis was named resident choreographer for Indianapolis Opera where her choreographic work began in 1987. Choreography includes Rigoletto, Hansel and Gretel, La Traviata and Carmen. Currently completing her 20th opera choreography, most recent credits include The Flying Dutchman, The Rake's Progress, Die Fledermaus, Aida, Eugene Onegin and Samson and Delilah. As a former artistic director for Butler Ballet II, Ms. Jarvis received the Monticello Award in 1984 for choreographic work presented at the Midstates Regional Ballet Festival. Other choreographic experiences include Gifts of the Magi for Indiana Repertory Theatre, Ragtime and Hoop-La for Springfield Ballet, 1940's Radio Hour for Civic Theatre of Indianapolis and Nocturne for Dance Kaleidoscope. In 1990, Ms. Jarvis reconstructed the original dances from the National Touring Company of the original production of Oklahoma! for the Jordan College of Fine Arts presentation of the musical. Among her extensive choreographic credits for Butler Ballet are Graduation Ball, Nothin' But Gershwin, Slavic Suite, Maiden and the Nightingale, On Tap, and Pas de Grieg. Classical repertoire includes substantial portions of choreography for The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Coppelia and Petrouchka.

Ms. Jarvis served as the Jordan College of the Arts interim dean for the academic year of 2010-11 and previously was the chair of the department of dance and artistic director of Butler Ballet from 2003-2010.   Furthermore, she served as a national officer and participates as an accreditation evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Dance.  Teaching areas of expertise include Ballet Technique, Teaching Analysis of the Classical Techniques, Spanish Character Dance, Pointe and Dance Teaching Practicum along with choreography for the Butler Ballet.


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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
(317) 940-9346