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Posted 18 January 2005 - 11:55 AM
Posted 26 January 2005 - 04:35 PM
Sorry I don't know personally exactly how many they took at Butler,
but a very good friend of my daughter's went there on scholarship
and I've heard via the grapevine that it was a much larger class--
maybe like 40??
I know there's several parents/dancers who are familiar with Butler
so hopefully you will get a more accurate response from one of them.
Posted 01 September 2005 - 06:35 PM
Hi pointebabe4ever! I think your teacher has made a good list of recommendations for you. You might also want to look into a few other schools with good dance programs, such as Southern Methodist University, Utah, and Oklahoma. A good place to start is the websites of the particular schools you're interested in. I've found a few for you and pasted them below.
The best way to really get a feel for a school is to plan a visit. That way you can see the campus, observe a class, and get a general feel for the place before you decide which schools you want to audition for.
I attended Butler University and I would be happy to answer any questions you have about this school. I know there are other dancers on the board who attend or graduated from other schools on this list, and I'm sure they can help you with any specific questions as well. Hope this helps!
What about the academics at Butler - are they good?? Did you major in dance and minor in something else?
I'm not sure if you're referring to the dance-related academics or the school as a whole, so I'll answer both.
The academics at the school as a whole are pretty strong. Butler is well known in the medical world for its outstanding pharmacy program. I attended a very competitive high school and was thus very prepared for the core curriculum classes that I was required to take. A few of these classes in particular were fantastic. The ones that come to mind immediately were my writing seminar, psychology, and philosophy of art classes. These were all a part of the general education requirements. I know of other people having very intellectually stimulating experiences in various other general education classes as well.
The dance department provides an extensive array of academic programs. The requirements can be found on the dance dept. website. We took everything from music, several classes in music appreciation and (very) basic composition, Labanotation, choreography, dance history, dance theory & philosophy, teaching analysis, masterworks of dance, and several others. In the studio, we had classes like spanish character, slavic character, modern, jazz, tap, theater dance, body placement, pas de deux, variations, acting for dancers, etc. This isn't an all-inclusive list, but you can see that there was a broad spectrum of offerings.
My major was in Dance Peformance. I did not have a minor. My schedule was jam-packed every semester, and I think the only way I could have fit in a minor would have been to stay for the summer sessions. You can also major in Dance Pedagogy or Arts Administration and still be considered a dance major. I think it is easier to minor in something else if you choose one of those majors.
*just to clarify: by saying someone is "considered a dance major," I mean that they are taking most of the classes offered by the department and are cast in performances. Most professors probably could not even say off the top of their heads who is performance, pedagogy, or arts admin., and no degree is favored by the faculty over another degree.
Posted 15 October 2005 - 07:57 PM
Posted 20 October 2005 - 06:38 PM
What I got to see was very good work. The well rounded nature of the education Butler provides in its degree structure was really visible. The thought process of the students in their choreography was clear enough to be intelligent but not blatant. It was obvious they weren’t just making choreography, but really trying to achieve something through it. This is all to say that it was evident that a lot of thought had been put into what the body is capable of and how it can be used effectively as a conveyor of emotion, without just making the audience uncomfortable.
Posted 13 November 2005 - 05:27 PM
Posted 15 November 2005 - 12:06 AM
Personal attention is generally good, although it varies from teacher to teacher. Some teachers spread the attention around more evenly than others. I can't remember anyone being completely ignored in class, and as a rule if one was working hard, one would be taken notice of in the form of correction, praise, etc.
Posted 05 December 2005 - 03:13 PM
American Repertory Ballet
Ballet Theatre Of Boston
Columbia City Ballet
Corpus Christi Ballet
Dance Theatre Of Harlem
Eugene Ballet Company
Festival Ballet Of Rhode Island
Indianapolis Ballet Theatre
Kansas City Ballet
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens
Pacific Northwest Ballet
San Diego Ballet
San Francisco Ballet
Joseph Holmes Dance Theatre
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre
Donald Byrd/The Group
Peter Paul Taylor Ii
Sparling Dance Co
Indianapolis Arts Council
Posted 07 December 2005 - 09:43 AM
Posted 11 December 2005 - 01:22 PM
1. What style of technique is taught?
2. What are differences between the Butler University and Indiana University ballet programs?
3. What is the atmosphere like? (very competitive?, friendly?, etc.)
Posted 12 December 2005 - 04:50 AM
Posted 25 December 2005 - 08:26 AM
Do you believe then, that by going to Butler there is a good possibility to get in a professional company. (with hard work and tons of dedication??)
Posted 30 December 2005 - 09:12 AM
Posted 10 January 2006 - 09:30 PM
Admission into the ballet program is highly competitive. The dance department accepts a small number of students to keep their overall numbers low so class sizes remain relatively small.
In my opinion, it is much easier to be admitted academically to the school than to be admitted into the dance departments. You have to be admitted to each school academically and through a dance audition. Butler offers many choices for a career in dance, performing or not performing. Butler also offers a minor. My understanding is that Butler takes about 20-25 per year.
Posted 11 January 2006 - 01:36 AM