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Butler University Bulletin

Department of Dance


Larry Attaway, BM, Department Chair


  • Marek Cholewa
  • Michelle Jarvis, MA
  • Susan McGuire
  • Cynthia Pratt, MFA
  • Derek Reid, MA

Associate Professors

  • Larry Attaway, BM

Assistant Professor

  • Ramon Flowers, MFA
  • David Ingram, MFA
  • Rosanna Ruffo

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Dance at Butler

  • The program continues a 50-year tradition of excellence in ballet, training serious and talented dance students, and preparing them for future careers in the dance arts
  • Nationally and internationally renowned undergraduate department that is consistently ranked in the top 10 dance programs in the country
  • Strong technical training based on the central focus of classical ballet
  • Exposure to a wide range of techniques
  • Extensive performance opportunities with Butler Ballet, the department’s pre-professional company
  • Broad exposure to academic subjects in dance and other arts
  • Opportunities to perform in major productions each year in Clowes Memorial Hall, a 2,200-seat venue, and also in the more intimate setting of the 450-seat Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
  • Butler Ballet performs full-length classical ballets, commissioned and licensed masterworks, and contemporary repertoire from a variety of stylistic approaches
  • Butler Chamber Dance performs experimental, often non-proscenium, multidisciplinary, highly contemporary choreographic work
  • Opportunities for students to present their creativity through student choreographic showcases and senior productions
  • Highly qualified professors who are artist-scholars combining broad educational backgrounds with professional performing careers, in-depth study, choreography, and teaching in the United States and abroad
  • International summer study opportunities

Dance Student Learning Outcomes

The course work within each of the three degree plans is designed with the following student learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the intellectual underpinning of the various dance techniques in terms of structure, vocabulary, syntax, and phrasing
  • Interpret, compare, and critique the art of choreography and performance through theoretical and practical study in terms of innovation, craft, and sophistication
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the physical and intellectual underpinning of the various dance techniques as manifested in execution and pedagogy
  • Articulate and apply an understanding of the impact of dance in history, society, and the allied arts, thus becoming advocates for the art form
  • Incorporate the impact of other arts on dance through studies in music, theatre, and the fine arts
  • Value an ethic of professionalism as manifested through respect for appropriate etiquette and interaction with faculty and fellow students

Degree Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts in Dance (Pedagogy) (BA)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance—Performance (BFA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Dance (Arts Administration) (BS)
  • Minor in Dance

Butler University is a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance.