Joan Buttram is an Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Georgia. As the Ballet Coordinator for the Department of Dance, Buttram instructs university classes in classical ballet, pointe, dance history, dance appreciation and creative rhythmic activities for children. Having performed as a soloist and principal dancer with Dayton Ballet Company, Ballet Metropolitan, Lexington Ballet Company, the Bristol Ballet Company, and Ballet Concerto, as well as the modern dance companies Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth and the New Century Danscene, her teaching style is eclectic yet based on traditional styles of classical ballet training.
As the director and founder of the UGA Ballet Ensemble, Buttram reconstructs classical ballets, creates contemporary ballets and produces concert opportunities for the Ensemble. Through NON-STOP DANCE, the educationally oriented component of the Ensemble, she provides multicultural and interdisciplinary research opportunities to teaching certification dance major. This research combines dance classes, performance opportunities and inter-disciplinary lesson planning sections. Buttram continues to instruct and choreograph in a variety of dance mediums including classical ballet, modern dance, character, and children's dance throughout the southeast and Midwest states.
- Ballet Program Coordinator
- Director, UGA Ballet Ensemble
- M.F.A., Texas Christian University