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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

During this time of limited campus visit opportunities, JCA's Dance department still wants to meet you! Please contact us via email or phone (317-940-9656) to set up a time to talk with a JCA faculty or staff member so we can answer your questions about any of the JCA programs.

Consistently listed as one of the top five collegiate ballet programs in the nation, the Department of Dance provides a rich, nourishing environment for the professional development of the highest caliber of dancers in the nation. Students receive conservatory-level instruction from a faculty of highly respected artists/teachers.

ButlerBallet, the performance component of the program, produces extensive professional-level concert dance, including full-length classical productions of The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, Cinderella, and Giselle; all performed to live orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Richard Auldon Clark. The score of The Nutcracker is further enhanced with the participation of the world-renown Indianapolis Children’s Choir (Joshua Pedde, artistic director). The performances of these 19th- and 20th-century masterpieces are the foundation of the department’s philosophy and training, and are central to the artistic development of its students. By presenting the technically difficult repertoire in its purest classical form, we honor the stylistic and historical importance of these ballet classics. Along with these traditional classics the ButlerBallet also presents masterworks from the repertoire of contemporary ballet and modern dance masters; fosters the innovative and original works of its resident choreographers; and commissions new works from established and up-and-coming choreographers.

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2021–2022 Season

Buy tickets and learn more about Butler Ballet’s 2021–2022 performance season.


Interested in joining the Dance Department? Learn more about the application and audition process. 

JCA Dance Audition

Why Butler?

Learn why Butler is consistently listed as one of the top 5 dance programs in the nation. 

JCA Dance Performances


Butler is home to state of the art dance studios and performances spaces. 

Dance Mission

Faculty & Staff

Our faculty are supportive of our students and have outstanding professional credentials.