Jason Schadt

Artistic Director


Jason Schadt

Jason Schadt earned his M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Iowa in 2008 and has taught at the UI Youth Ballet since 2006. He served on the faculty of the University of Northern Iowa 2010-2015. Jason teaches concert dance techniques—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. He frequently designs and instructs university courses that complement these emphases such as floor barre, yoga and experiential anatomy. Jason also lectures in dance history and choreography.

Since his promotion to Artistic Director in 2009 he has directed 14 concerts and choreographed 27 pieces for the program. In the summer of 2012 Jason co-created a UIYB extension program in partnership with Grinnell College. In addition to currently 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. One such mentor is Philip Beamish, with whom Jason studied floor barre technique for two summers at the Northwest Dance Intensive Teachers Workshop. Jason has also studied with Marcia Dale Weary and Darla Hoover at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Teachers Workshop, and taken the John White Seminar on the Vaganova syllabus.

Jason has supervised over 100 student choreography projects at UNI for presentation both locally and at academic conferences. To date, he has directed seven fully-produced concerts, co-directed five collaborative concerts, and three informal children’s concerts in Cedar Falls. In addition to venues throughout Iowa, Jason has presented his choreography in regional festivals in Minnesota and Utah. From 2011 to 2014 he also directed UNI Young People’s Dance Theatre. 

For more information, visit jasonschadt.com.