The New York Butoh Institute fosters a respectful community. Please read these terms of engagement for our students. These recommendations apply to you if you are a student of Vangeline/Vangeline Theater and the New York Butoh Institute, and if you study the art form called “Butoh” with The New York Butoh Institute.


We ask all our students to be on time for all classes and workshops. Butoh is a delicate practice and lateness is extremely disruptive.


We ask that students do not leave workshops or classes in the middle of class without please notifying the teacher. If you are not feeling well, please let the teacher know immediately. Thank you for letting teachers know if you have an injury, and/or are not feeling well before or throughout classes.

It is especially important that you notify the teacher if you have any mental or physical disability, including PTSD, and/or any medically diagnosed mental disorder. Although we use a trauma informed approach in our classes, the practice of Butoh may occasionally trigger students with PTSD or mental illness. We recommend that students with PTSD or a history of trauma take butoh classes in conjunction with other forms of therapy. We recommend that students with psychiatric disorders do not engage in Butoh practice without consulting with a therapist or doctor, and /or without notifying our teachers first. If you have a history of mental disorders, please be advised that the practice of Butoh cannot replace therapy or treatment.


Please silence your cell phones. No photos or videos are permitted during classes, excpet for our designated photographers.


Please maintain appropriate, professional and physical boundaries with our teachers and other students. The New York Butoh Institute has a zero tolerance policy with regards to sexual harassment. All students have a right to study butoh in a respectful and safe environment. All of our male teachers are required to sign a sexual harassment form. We firmly protect a safe space for female students, and believe that students should not engage in butoh classes and workshops with the intention of pursuing or dating other students. We reserve the right to exclude any student from our workshops and classes, if they do not abide by our rules of engagement.

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Payments to Butoh workshops and master classes are non refundable, and non transferable. Once you buy your ticket, we will not be able to refund you.


At the beginning of each week end workshop, we will ask that you sign a basic release form. On occasion, we take photos for our funders. This ensures that we keep receiving funding in order to be able to bring you Butoh teachers. These photos will never be shared on social media and remain in our archives.



PERFORMING BUTOH while being a student of Vangeline/Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute.

Can I perform what I learn in class?

While students are free to perform with tools learned in our classes, in our Butoh lineage, we recommend checking in with our teachers - much like you would with other dance or theater art forms.

 Can I call the work I do Butoh?

That is your responsibility to decide if you are performing “Butoh”, or “Post Modern Butoh” or something else.

Acknowledging the lineage and your teachers is recommended.

Can I call myself a Butoh dancer? What can I call myself?

Every one of us has the right to dance Butoh- Butoh has become a universal, global art form.  However, the New York Butoh Institute considers “Butoh dancers” artists who have achieved a high level of expertise in the craft, after many years of study under the tutelage of a mentor. They quite often have chosen Butoh as their unique craft of choice and have dedicated their lives to the art form. They have achieved professional recognition in their field.

TEACHING BUTOH while being a student of Vangeline/Vangeline Theater

I have been studying Butoh with Vangeline Theater for a while. Can I teach Butoh?

If you develop an interest in teaching Butoh or sharing Butoh exercises, we ask that you seek permission from Vangeline or Vangeline Theater teachers before using any Butoh technique or exercises learned during your participation in our classes and workshops.


If you have any additional question, please email