Brian Bennett ’18
When Brian Bennett ’18 graduates, he’ll be prepared to leap into the world of professional dance. But because of his minor in communications, the dance and arts administration major will also be prepared for a career after ballet.
“I want to travel and do journalism and maybe branch out and do video production. I’m trying to be able to do it all in one four-year period, instead of just straight dancing,” he said.
Bennett grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and was drawn to Butler because of its top-notch dance program.
“I’m a big ballet dancer, and I want to develop my skills in ballet as much as possible as well as branch out and do other dances, such as contemporary, modern,” he said. “Butler gives a really good mix of those as well as the academic roles.”
This December, he’ll be performing the roles of Snow King, Spanish Lead, and Party Parent in the Butler Ballet’s annual showing of The Nutcracker. And though he stays busy with classes and rehearsals, Bennett has also been able to explore other interests.
He has been able to join a fraternity, Sigma Nu, and give back to the greater Indianapolis community.
“Butler has so many ways where you can go out and meet people not on campus and you can go and explore Indianapolis as a whole,” he said. “You can go volunteer at schools and really get a sense of what’s going on in the community around Butler.”
And though he barely even has time for a snack break some days, Bennett says his Butler experience has been life-changing.
“It’s opened my eyes to my future goals in life. Butler has really been a big influence on how I see myself as a person and a student,” he said. “It’s definitely changed my perspective of what a college student is.”