Interim Dean, Jordan College of the Arts | Professor – Dance
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Michelle Jarvis received her B.A. and M.A. from Butler University. She joined the Jordan College of Fine Arts dance faculty in1986 after teaching at Millikin University (Decatur, IL) and at the Jordan College Academy of Dance. Ms. Jarvis has served as Associate Dean of the College since 2009 and was Chair of the Department of Dance and Artistic Director of Butler Ballet from 2003-2010. She also served as the Jordan College of Fine Arts Interim Dean for the 2010-11 academic year.
A company member of Dance Kaleidoscope and their company teacher for the 1985 season, Ms. Jarvis has also performed with the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre. In addition to her duties at Butler University, she has been guest teacher at the Hartford School of Ballet, the American College Dance Festival, Springfield Ballet, Young Audiences of Indiana, Summer Arts Institute, True Academy of Dance Lincoln, NE and Ballet Arkansas.
Ms. Jarvis choreographed for theIndianapolis Opera for over 20 seasons, and was named Resident Choreographer in1999. Credits include Rigoletto,Hansel and Gretel, La Traviata, Carmen, The Flying Dutchman, The Rake's Progress, Die Fledermaus, Aida, Eugene Onegin and Samsonand Delilah.
As a former Artistic Director for Butler Ballet II, Ms. Jarvis received the Monticello Award in 1984 for choreographic work presented at the Midstates Regional Balle tFestival. Other choreographic credits include Gifts of the Magi for Indiana Repertory Theatre, Ragtime and Hoop-La for Springfield Ballet, 1940's Radio Hour for Civic Theatre ofIndianapolis and Nocturne for Dance Kaleidoscope.
In 1990, Ms. Jarvis reconstructed theoriginal dances from the original National Touring Company production of Oklahoma!for the Jordan College of Fine Arts presentation of the musical. Among herextensive choreographic credits for Butler Ballet are GraduationBall, Nothin' But Gershwin, Slavic Suite, Maiden and the Nightingale, On Tap, andPas de Grieg. Classical repertoire includessubstantial portions of choreography for The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Giselle and Petrouchka.
She has served as a national officer of the National Association of Schools of Dance, and is an accreditation evaluator for them. She is also a member of Dance Kaleidoscope’s Board of Directors.