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Cynthia Pratt

Professor - Dance Dance - JCA

Cynthia Pratt, Professor of Dance, has been a member of the dance faculty at Butler University since 1994. She received her B.A. degree in Ballet from Virginia Intermont College in 1979 and her M.F.A. degree from Temple University in 1989. In between undergraduate and graduate school, Cynthia lived in New York City where she trained extensively in jazz dance with world-renowned teacher Lynn Simonson, who became her mentor. While in New York, she began teaching Simonson Technique and choreographing on a commission basis for repertory dance companies. Cynthia has a wide range of performing experiences both in the United States and Europe in ballet, modern, and jazz companies as well as on television and in musical reviews with Jon de Mal Productions in Amsterdam. Cynthia has taught jazz dance and choreographed extensively at such institutions as the North Carolina School of the Arts, New York University, Steps, Philadanco, the National Balletacademie Theatre School in Amsterdam, the Goteborg Balletakademien in Goteborg, Sweden, the National Taiwan University of the Arts and Dance Space Center in New York. She has worked as an auditioner for the Jacob's Pillow Summer Dance Festival Jazz Project and has served as artistic director for several choreographic showcases established to exhibit the work of new choreographers at Evolving Arts in New York. In addition, Cynthia is a Certified Movement Analyst and holds a degree from the Laban Institute for Movement Studies. Since relocating to Indianapolis, Cynthia has choreographed many works for the Butler Ballet and has frequently worked as Guest Choreographer for Dance Kaleidoscope, Indiana’s premier modern dance company. She continues to teach and choreograph on companies and in universities throughout the U.S and abroad. Cynthia is the recipient of numerous research and choreographic grants including being twice awarded the prestigious Indianapolis Arts Council Creative Renewal Grant, given to established and noteworthy artists in Indiana. Since 2004, Cynthia has been Artistic Director for Butler Chamber Dance, an innovative performing wing of the Butler Ballet Company. Under Cynthia’s direction, Butler Chamber Dance has performed at the Indianapolis Spirit and Place Festival, Penrod Arts Festival, Hope College, Wabash College and with Dance Kaleidoscope. Since 2009, Cynthia has been experimenting with large-scale, site-specific dances (between 100-500 participants) and from 2012 through 2016 was the choreographer for Streamlines, a project funded by the National Science Foundation which explored the use of the arts to raise awareness of concerns of local waterways. Her experiences in choreographing these large-scale works, and the impact they have had on community building, was published in 2017 in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Well-Being.