John Butler Foundation, Inc.

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Chairman of the Board


Melvin Dwork *






Stoner Winslett






Carmen DeLavallade


Sondra Lee


Wesley Fata


Mary Hinkson *


Judith Jamison


Lawrence Rhodes




* In Memoriam




Executive Director


William Soleau








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It is with great sorrow that the John Butler Foundation mourns the passing of our beloved Founder and Chairman Melvin Dwork. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who knew his incredible spirit. He will be dearly missed by all of us.





New York Times Obituary Article - Melvin Dwork




The John Butler Foundation was founded in 1997 by Melvin Dwork. It is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the choreographic works of John Butler and to the continuation of his spirit of creativity. The Foundation plays a curatorial role in assuring that meaningful Butler ballets are kept alive while endeavoring to support the work of promising future talent.




"Having courage to take the risk: that's what an artist is all about."

John Butler