Brent Townend, Instructor
Brentwood J. Townend is a dancer, choreographer, dance teacher, writer, filmmaker, photographer, and art enthusiast, who expresses his innovative, creative voice through the interweaving of artistry and human connection. Brentwood started dancing as soon as he could walk, learning ballet under the tutelage of his mother, Deborah, who trained with famed choreographer Michel Fokine’s niece and later danced extensively with various performing arts groups. Brentwood also studied other dance forms with Elizabeth Bevilacqua at the Dussich Dance Studio in Merritt Island, FL. He furthered his dance training when he received full scholarships to attend the distinguished American Academy of Ballet and French Academy of Ballet summer intensives, both located in New York. He has also studied with many iconic ballet artists in open classes in New York and Paris, including Nancy Bielski, David Howard, Alexander Tressor, and Misty Copeland.
Brentwood holds a BFA in Dance Performance with a minor in Creative Writing from the University of South Florida (USF). While at USF, Brentwood performed in numerous student and faculty pieces, including works by guest artists Charles Anderson, Christian Denice, Kara Davis, Robert Moses, and Dean Xiao Xiangrong. His extensive performance history includes ballet roles of Cavalier and Snow King in The Nutcracker for Expressions Dance Company (2012); the Peasant Pas de Deux from Gisele (2012); the lead Cavalier role in The Nutcracker for Step N’ Time School of Dance (2015 & 2016); the lead role in an excerpt from Sleeping Beauty at USF (2016); the lead Prince role in Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs for Florida West Ballet (2019); the lead role of Basilio in Don Quixote for America’s Ballet School (2019); and, most notably, lead roles in El Sombrero de Tres Picos (2017) and an excerpt of the Swan Lake Act II Pas de Deux (2018), both performed in collaboration with the esteemed Florida Orchestra.
Brentwood has been a company member of Tampa City Ballet for two performance seasons, and he had the pleasure of performing in their evening-length works AfterImage (2018), 7th Ave & Ybor (2019), and If I Cry (2019). Brentwood has also choreographed numerous self-performed dance films, as well as dance works that have been presented at USF and at multiple venues in Paris, France, and he cherishes every opportunity to continue exploring the aesthetic range of performance and choreography amidst his numerous passions.