Artistic Director, Choreographer, Teacher

New York, 10101
United States

Bio

For the last ten years, Brenda Neville has been choreographing and presenting contemporary dance in the New York area with her Manhattan based company Neville Dance Theatre. Hailed as “compelling”, “imaginative” and a “pure delight” by critics and patrons, her theatrical and culturally themed works are a colorful tapestry of movement woven from a diverse array of dance styles. Founded in 2005, she presents annual fall seasons and the company performs regularly at venues and festivals throughout the five boroughs and beyond. An active dance teacher, Brenda teaches Junior Division ballet at The Ailey School, advanced ballet, pointe and world dance at Covenant Ballet Theatre of Brooklyn, Flamenco and Argentine Tango classes at Steps on Broadway, and guest teaches at numerous studios and schools around the country. Her students have been accepted into some of the most sought after and reputable dance programs, colleges and companies in the country, including American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, LaGuardia Performing Arts High School, The Ailey School and Point Park College and on Broadway. As a dancer, Brenda performed and choreographed for more than two decades in over 18 different countries including Argentina, China, Hungary, Japan, Romania and Spain with companies such as the Milwaukee Ballet, Indianapolis Dance Company, AllNations Dance Company, Marc DeGarmo & Dancers and Covenant Ballet Theatre of Brooklyn. An extremely versatile singer and actress as well, she trained at the Lee Strasburg Actor’s Studio in NYC and has performed lead roles in numerous musical productions such as “Footloose”, “My Fair Lady”, “La Cage aux Folles”, “Crazy for You” and in several film and commercial roles. She has trained and performed with some of the top talents in dance today, including Juan Carlos Copes, Antonio Cervila Jr., Jose Molina, Soledad Barrio, Magdalena, Sean Curran, Elizabeth Parkinson, Niall O’Leary, Marjorie Mussman, Graciela Kozak and Diana Cartier and at schools including The Ailey School, American Ballet Theatre, the Milwaukee Ballet School and Peridance. An expert ballet pointe shoe fitter, Brenda heads the U.S. Retail Department and NYC showroom for Freed of London and has aided in the development and promotion of the Gaynor Minden pointe shoe. She is a graduate of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana where she received a B.A. in Dance Pedagogy, cum laude, and is an original co-founder of World Dance Theatre. Currently, Brenda is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary - Level 5 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.