Students take studio coursework in Ballet, Modern, and Jazz, with an emphasis on Classical Ballet. Students also take supplementary studio classes in Pointe, Men’s Allegro, Character Dance, World Dance, Pas de Deaux, and Classical Variations. Sample courses in this program include:
- DA131/132 and DA 231/232 – Modern Technique 1 and 2
- DA261 – Laban Movement Analysis
- DA233 – Improvisation
- DA266 – Dancing Beyond Boundaries
- DA361 – Choreography
- DA365-W and DA 366-C – Dance History 1 and 2
The Butler Advantage
Without apology, we honor the traditions of the art form, while simultaneously encouraging exploration into innovative practices. Students will successfully:
Demonstrate an understanding of the intellectual underpinning of the various dance techniques in terms of structure, vocabulary, syntax, and phrasing.
Interpret, compare, and critique the art of choreography and performance through theoretical and practical study in terms of innovation, craft, and sophistication.
Demonstrate an understanding of the physical and intellectual underpinning of the various dance techniques as manifested in execution and pedagogy.
Articulate and apply an understanding of the impact of dance in history, society, and the allied arts, thus becoming advocates for the art form.
Value an ethic of professionalism as manifested through respect for appropriate etiquette and interaction with faculty and fellow students.
My time at Butler gave me tons of exposure.
“The productions I performed in at Butler gave me first-hand physical knowledge of classical ballet as well as modern and contemporary dance, all of which have vastly different aesthetic and choreographic vocabularies.”
Erica Johnston ’14, Dance Performance
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