Jordan College of the Arts
Department of Dance

Butler Ballet Performances

page9Butler Ballet, the performance component of the program, is modeled after a professional company. Butler Ballet performs full-length  classical ballets because they are the foundation of the department's philosophy and training. Being central to artistic development, students learn historically and technically while performing lengthy 19th century grand ballets such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, Cinderella, or Giselle.

The department of dance recognizes that versatility is essential to the work of a professional dancer. Butler Ballet contributes to that training by performing licensed and commissioned choreographic works along with original works by the faculty. Recent masterpieces performed by the Butler Ballet include Nacho Duato's Por Vos Muero, Paul Taylor's Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rehearsal), George Balanchine's Serenade and Walpurgisnacht,Antony Tudor's Dark Elegies, and students have experienced the creative process with such masters as James Kudelka and Stephen Mills.

Butler Chamber Dance


Butler Chamber Dance is designed to perform contemporary choreography created by the dance faculty. The production may be collaborative, experimental and informal versus the main stage productions of Butler Ballet. Projects may include collaborations with other University programs, professional companies or other performance-based artists.