Rachelle Butler, Assistant Ballet Master / by William Smith

A Madison native, Ms. Butler’s professional training began with Madison Ballet's Artistic Director, W. Earle Smith in 1999. After dancing with the studio company for a year she was accepted on full scholarship to The Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet where she trained for two years.  Ms. Butler continued her training with some of the best schools in the country including Ballet Chicago and Miami City Ballet School. While at ballet Chicago she was given the opportunity to perform a large repertoire of Balanchine ballets as a soloist and principal dancer. Her favorite roles include principal in Allegro Brilliante, Second Violin in Concerto Barocco, and Who Cares? pas de deux.

Her professional career began with Sacramento Ballet and continued with Madison Ballet until her recent retirement and appointment as Assistant Ballet Master. Before her retirement, she was blessed to perform the role of Mina Harker in W. Earle Smith's Dracula: A Rock Ballet as well as many other roles created on her by the Artistic Director.

Ms. Butler was fortunate to begin her teaching career as a student with Ballet Chicago and honed her teaching style while performing with Sacramento Ballet and Madison Ballet. She also worked in the Chicago, Sacramento, and Madison communities in outreach and education throughout her career. Ms. Butler would like to thank her family for their constant support and Earle Smith for his guidance.