Tad Snider

Ballet Faculty

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TAD SNIDER began his dance training at the age of 16 with his mother, Susan Snider in Davenport, Iowa.  At 17, he was accepted into the Houston Ballet Academy professional program on full scholarship, where he received his formal training from Steve Brule, Clara Cravey, and Ben Stevenson.  Upon graduation from the program two years later, he was invited to join Houston Ballet as a corps de ballet member, and spent 5 seasons dancing with the company.  He then spent 3 seasons dancing with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre before retiring from performance in 2000.

Mr. Snider and his family settled in Iowa City, Iowa shortly after his retirement.  During this time, he began working in the public accounting industry, while teaching ballet regularly in the Iowa City area to pass on the traditions of ballet that he learned, and to help aspiring dancers from small communities achieve their goals.  He taught there for 18 years, and his students have been accepted into every major professional and university ballet program in the U.S. and Canada, many of them on scholarship.  He has also enjoyed guest teaching engagements at different academies around the country, including The University of Iowa, Minnesota Dance Theater, Illinois Ballet Theater, and Houston Ballet Academy.