I aspire to see dance become an accessible form of art to the general population of all incomes that is equivalent to the works that are seen on screen. I aim to facilitate the space, funds, and opportunities for those artists that seek a place to tell their stories. As well as teaching dancers to tell stories with their whole body through movement while maintaining technique.
Jacob Butterfield (He/Him) is a dancer, choreographer, and educator who has been a part of various ballets, original works, dance concerts, musicals, and the choreographer for multiple original works. Jacob has been dancing since the age of three training at various studios, conventions, and intensives. Under the direction of Jennifer Verba, Jacob graduated from Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School (LPPACS) in 2018. While there, in partnership with the Community College of Beaver County, he also obtained his Associate Arts Degree in Dance and Dance Education.
At LPPACS, Jacob performed in many shows including The Nutcracker (Mouse King, Cavalier, u/s Nutcracker Prince), Sleeping Beauty: Dance Upon a Dream (Prince), Peter Pan: Dancing Through Neverland (John Darling, Dance Captain), and more all under the direction of Jennifer Verba at LPPACS. Including an original concert dance piece created by Danny Herman and Jennifer Verba The Fab Four: Twist and Shout.
Under the direction of Garfield Lemonius and Dr. Colleen Hooper, he graduated from Point Park University Conservatory of Dance in 2021 receiving a BFA in Dance with a concentration in Modern. During his studies, he trained with the esteemed faculty which included Jason McDole, Kiki Lucas, Garfield Lemonius, Crystal Frazier, Keisha Lalama, Danny Herman, Jay Kirk, While there, he performed in works created by Yamoussa Camara and Crystal Frazier.
Jacob has created many original works. Notably, in collaboration with Dr. Todd Goodman, he created an original piece titled "Syndicate". Showcased along with it, he created "Unrequited Devotion". Along with original pieces, Jacob was also the choreographer for two student-produced shows at LPPACS, "NED Talks", and "The Box". Jacob has received multiple awards for student choreography across different organizations where he puts an emphasis on storytelling through movement.
Currently, he is a Resident Artist at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School. He is also a supporter of the arts in the community by teaching and performing locally for different organizations.