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Why Butler's Dance Program?

Why Butler Dance

At Butler our Dancers Experience…

…a program consistently recognized as one of the top 5 classical dance programs in the nation

…studio coursework in Ballet, Modern, and Jazz, with an emphasis on classical ballet

…supplementary studio classes in Pointe, Men’s Allegro, Character Dance, World Dance, Pas de Deux, and Classical Variations

…classes in Choreography, Improvisation, Laban Movement Analysis, Music for Dance, Dance History, Theory and Philosophy

…supportive and nurturing faculty with outstanding professional credentials

…numerous performing and choreographic opportunities, including three fully produced, full-scale dance performances each year, including two full-length classical ballets performed to live orchestra in the stunning 2,200-seat Clowes Memorial Hall and one mixed repertory evening which includes the opportunity to perform contemporary, modern, and important works by major choreographers in the 450-seat Schrott Center for the Arts

…rigorous liberal arts academic coursework


ButlerBallet, 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.

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) and Piazolla Caldera, George Balanchine's The Four Temperaments, Serenade and Walpurgisnacht; Antony Tudor's Dark Elegies, and commissioned new works by James Kudelka, Stephen Mills, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, and Lesley Telford.

Butler Chamber Dance

Butler Chamber Dance is designed to perform original works created by the dance faculty. These productions are often experimental and informal, and involve performance venues outside the main stage productions of Butler Ballet. Projects may include collaborations with Butler colleagues, other University programs, professional companies or other performance-based artists.