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Consistently listed as one of the top 5 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.

Butler Ballet, the performance component of the program, offers extensive pre-professional opportunities, including full-length classical productions of The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, Cinderella, and Giselle; all performed to live orchestra. 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 Butler Ballet also presents masterworks from the repertoire of contemporary ballet and modern dance masters; fosters the innovative and original works of its resident choreographers; and commissioning new works from up-and-coming new choreographers.

2017-2018 Season:

The Nutcracker

Midwinter Dance Festival featuring Paul Taylor’s Piazolla Caldera.


2017-2018 Season

Buy tickets and learn more about Butler Ballet’s 2017-2018 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.