Jason Schadt is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the University of Iowa Department of Dance, where he has taught ballet courses at a wide range of levels, from Beginning Ballet for non-majors to Majors Ballet 1, 2, and 3. He earned his MFA in Dance from the University of Iowa in 2008, and serves as Artistic Director of the UI Youth Ballet and Community Dance School. Jason was an Instructor in the Department of Kinesiology, Allied Health and Human Services at the University of Northern Iowa 2010-2015, where he taught choreography and dance history.
Jason teaches concert dance technique—principally modern and ballet—with a pedagogical approach rooted in anatomy, sensory experience, imagination, and rhythm. His research focuses on the mechanics of movement and injury prevention and these emphases are central to the courses he designs, which have included floor barre, yoga, and experiential anatomy.
Since being promoted to its Artistic Director in 2009 Jason has directed 16 concerts and choreographed 27 pieces for the University of Iowa Youth Ballet and Community Dance School. There, in addition to teaching upper-level ballet for teens and beginning ballet for adults, he mentors new UIYB teachers.
Just as importantly, Jason seeks out opportunities to connect with mentors of his own. Since shifting his focus from performing to teaching, he has sought out the teachers of his teachers. Philip Beamish was one such mentor, whose technique Jason studied during graduate school, and with whom Jason trained in floor barre and ballet techniques at the Northwest Dance Intensive Teachers Workshop. Jason has also learned from Finis Jhung at his Teacher Workshops, Marcia Dale Weary and Darla Hoover at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Teachers Workshop, and completed the 40-hour pedagogy seminar on the Vaganova syllabus with John White, former Soloist and Ballet Master of Ballet Nacional de Cuba.
Jason supervised over 100 student choreography projects at UNI for presentation both locally and at academic conferences. In Cedar Falls he directed seven fully-produced concerts and co-directed five concerts. As the Director of UNI Young People's Dance Theatre from 2011 to 2014 he led three informal children’s concerts. In addition to venues throughout Iowa, Jason has presented his choreography in regional festivals in Minnesota and Utah.
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