Jason Schadt, MFA

Administrator, Youth Ballet and Community Dance School
Ballet Instructor

Jason Schadt has taught for the UI Youth Ballet and Community Dance School since 2006. In addition, he has previously served the UI Department of Dance as Adjunct Assistant Professor teaching Dance Kinesiology, Visiting Assistant Professor teaching Ballet Pedagogy, and Adjunct Assistant Professor teaching ballet.

Jason has taught ballet classes 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. Jason teaches concert dance technique 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 ballet and modern for adult learners, floor barre, yoga, experiential anatomy, and ballet pedagogy.

In the 14 years he worked as the program's Artistic Coordinator and Concert Director, Jason led 17 concerts and choreographed 27 pieces for the University of Iowa Youth Ballet and Community Dance School. There, in addition to instructing upper-level ballet for teens and beginning ballet for adults, he regularly mentored 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. The last seven years, Jason has studied with Finis Jhung, exploring the moving body's dynamic mechanics, first in his teacher workshops in New York, then in countless classes on Zoom. Stephanie Saland is a close advisor to Jason, and an influence through her inclusive, engaging methods of teaching refined movement. Philip Beamish was another mentor, whose technique Jason studied during graduate school, and with whom Jason later trained in floor barre and ballet techniques at the Northwest Dance Intensive teachers workshops. Willy Burmann regularly welcomed Jason to observe his teaching at Steps on Broadway. 

Jason has also studied curriculum and teaching methods under 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 was an Instructor in the Department of Kinesiology, Allied Health and Human Services at the University of Northern Iowa 2010-2015, where he taught modern, ballet, floor barre, choreography and dance history. In that role, Jason supervised over 100 student choreography projects at UNI for presentation both locally and at academic conferences, shaping the program by integrating Critical Response Process for sharing supportive feedback. 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.

Research areas
  • Kinesiology
  • Dance Pedagogy
MFA, Dance, University of Iowa
BA, Asian Language and Literature, University of Iowa