The Department of Dance is housed in Lilly Hall, the home of the Jordan College of the Arts. The dance program operates in five fully equipped dance studios featuring Harlequin sprung floors with Cascade coverings, audio/video equipment, pianos, mirrors, ballet Barres and observation windows. Ballet, Modern, Pointe, Men’s Allegro, Pas de Deux, and Character classes are all accompanied by live musicians.
The largest dance studio serves the department as both a teaching space and an informal performance venue. The studio is fully equipped with lighting instruments, theatrical soft goods, sound system, video projection screen and informal audience seating. This studio-theatre is used to mount ButlerBallet productions, showcase students’ individual creative work, and serves as a theatrical laboratory for the development of technical production skills.
The Conditioning Room is open to all dance majors and offers them the opportunity to cross-train and fine tune their physical instrument outside of the studio. The room is equipped with a Pilates Reformer, an Elliptical, a stationary bike, free weights, a refrigerator, a microwave, and an ice machine. Through its relationship with St. Vincent Sports Performance, the Department provides an athletic trainer who consults with students and faculty regarding progressive fitness goals, injury prevention and rehabilitation should an injury occur. All new Dance majors receive a complete movement screening as part of the offerings of St. Vincent Sports Performance.