A Day in the Life of a Butler Dance Student

Sample female dancer (Monday)

8:00–8:50 AMMusic History or Masterworks of Dance
9:00–9:50 AMCore Curriculum Class
10:00–10:50 AMCore Curriculum Class
11:00 AM–12:15 PMJazz
1:00–1:50 PMCore Curriculum Class
2:00–3:30 PM Ballet Technique
3:40–4:30 PMPointe
4:45–5:30 PM  Butler Ballet Rehearsal

Sample male dancer (Tuesday)

8:00–8:50 AMKeyboard or Core Curriculum Class
9:00–9:50 AMKeyboard or Core Curriculum Class
10:00–10:50 AMBody Placement
11:00 AM–12:30 PMModern Technique
1:00–2:30 PMBallet Technique
2:40–3:40 PMMen’s Allegro Technique
3:45–6:00 PMButler Ballet Rehearsal

Regular classes and rehearsals end at 6:00 PM, except during production weeks. There are a few evening dance-related courses, such as Costuming and Introduction to Acting. Other academic classes, such as Dance History, Theory and Philosophy of Dance and Teaching Analysis, are added based on the year of study.

Each student typically has 6 classes each day (2–3 academic classes and 3–4 dance classes). Ballet class meets every day and pointe and men’s allegro class meets twice per week. Modern and Jazz also meet 2–3 times per week. Other classes, such as Character or Laban Movement Analysis, will alternate days with classes like Body Placement or Choreography.

Perspectives from Recent Graduates