Dance (Pedagogy)

MajorBachelor of Arts

Nurturing Artistry.

The Dance–Pedagogy major will prepare you for a career as a private dance teacher. The curriculum has a balanced combination of courses in dance, education, and the liberal arts. Through Butler’s Department of Dance, you’ll receive conservatory-level instruction from a faculty of highly respected artists/teachers, each offering classes with an emphasis on strong technical development, detailed artistic mentoring, and professionally focused advising.

With numerous performance and choreographic opportunities and a program consistently recognized as one of the top five classical dance programs in the nation, you’ll be prepared for a lifelong professional career in dance.

Program Information


Sample courses in this program include:

  • DA 151/152 and DA 251/252 – Butler Ballet
  • DA 266 – Dancing Beyond Boundaries
  • DA 233 – Improvisation
  • DA 365-W and DA 266-C – Dance History 1 and 2
  • BI 257 – Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • ED 241– Developmental Theory and Application in Education

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The Butler Advantage.

In the Department of Dance, students will:

Demonstrate an understanding of the intellectual underpinning of the various dance techniques in terms of structure, vocabulary, syntax, and phrasing

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

Incorporate the impact of other arts on dance through studies in music, theatre, and the fine arts

Value an ethic of professionalism as manifested through respect for appropriate etiquette and interaction with faculty and fellow students

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Marek Cholewa
Professor of Dance
Dance – JCA
Marek Cholewa, Professor of Dance, began his studies at the National School of Ballet in Poznan, Poland.  As a young dancer his talent was noted by his teachers during the early stages of his training and he received continued support by…
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Ramon Flowers
Associate Professor of Dance
Dance – JCA
Ramón Flowers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Dance in the Jordan College of the Arts, at Butler University. He began his formal dance training on scholarship at the School for the Pennsylvania Ballet, and later attended the School of…
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Rosanna Ruffo
Associate Professor of Dance
Dance – JCA
Rosanna Ruffo is native of Panama where she began her ballet training at the National School of Ballet.  She received a scholarship to study at the Russian Ballet Academy (Vaganova School of Ballet) in Saint Petersburg – Russia.  While in Russia…
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