Brent Schneider, MFA, is a Professor in the Department of Modern Dance at the University of Utah where he has been teaching for 15 years and also served as interim Chair. He also served for six years as the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs in the College of Fine Arts at The University of Utah. Mr. Schneider teaches a wide range of classes including: all levels of modern dance technique, folk forms, teaching methods, choreography, arts marketing and publicity, dance administration, as well as Co-Director of the Performing Dance Company (the Department's student dance company). Additionally, he has created several new courses in the Department including Graduate and Undergraduate classes in Digital Technologies for Dance. Prior to joining the Faculty at the University of Utah, Mr. Schneider taught as an adjunct professor for seven years at Weber State University. He has been a faculty member for numerous conferences for the American College Dance Festival Association, Utah Theatre Association, and Rocky Mountain Theater Association, as well as Director of Modern Dance for Regional Dance America's Choreography Conferences.
He performed for seven years with Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) in Salt Lake City, where he also served as a teacher, rehearsal assistant, marketing and booking director, and Board Member. He continues his relationship with RDT as a choreographer, company teacher, and master teacher for their summer workshop. He has performed and choreographed in many dance styles including modern, folk, ballroom, musical theatre, tap, jazz and ballet, and continues to direct and choreograph extensively for regional dance groups and theater companies, including the Salt Lake Acting Company, Egyptian Theatre Company, and the Grand Theatre. Professor Schneider’s modern dance choreography has been performed in Taiwan, Costa Rica, and throughout the United States.
His interests in interdisciplinary arts have been a driving force for recent works. Professor Schneider produced Perspectives: Men, Motion & Media, an evening of his own multi-media choreography at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in 2006, as well as a video installation and constructed environment as part of META: Media Experiments in Technology and the Arts at the University of Utah in 2007 sponsored by the Center for Interdisciplinary Arts and Technology. He is very active in promoting dance and arts education and serves as Vice President for Policies and Proceedures for the American College Dance Association and as a Board Member for the Salt Lake City Arts Council. Professor Schneider was a founding Executive Board Member for the Utah Dance Education Organization, a position he held for 5 years, and continues to be an active member of that organization as well as the National Folk Organization and the National Dance Education Organization.