teaching credentials

 

 

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Megan teaching creative dance at the American Dance Festival’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios in Durham, NC

Degrees earned

  • B.A. in Dance Studies, Texas Woman’s University
  • M.F.A. in Dance with focus in Dance Pedagogy, Texas Woman’s University

Additional training

  • Racial Equity Training, Phase I (Racial Equity Institute)
  • Introductory Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy (Ruella Frank)
  • Stewards of Children: Learning how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child abuse (Darkness2Light)
  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (Online Curriculum Development)
  • Assistant Precinct Official (Durham County Board of Elections)
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement Verifier Training, Courtroom Attendant Training (Siembra NC)

These degree programs and additional professional development have provided Megan with specialized movement training buttressed by a keen focus on racial equity and civic engagement. Her unique movement heritage is comprised of contemporary release-based techniques, contact improvisation, spontaneous composition, and safe movement patterning (from a variety of somatic movement techniques), as well as auxiliary training in West African forms, raqs al sharki (traditional belly dance), ballet, and dance pedagogy for online and in-person formats.

Her graduate research focused on dance pedagogy, including online dance theory curriculum development and in-studio dance techniques for a variety of  experience levels. Her artistic research fused theater- and movement-inspired group improvisation methods with audience engagement research and culminated in her professional paper titled, “Strategies for Welcoming Non-Dancer Audiences into Concert Performance.”

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Megan teaching creative dance at the American Dance Festival’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios in Durham, NC

Previous teaching appointments include positions working with students of all ages and experience levels at the following institutions:

Dance Organizations:

Dance Revolution East Africa (Kampala, Uganda) | Dance Exchange (Washington, DC) | The American Dance Festival’s Scripps Studios and Project Dance (NC) | 9th Street Dance (NC) | Living Arts Collective (NC) | Factory Street Studio (OH) | Paper Circle (OH) | MamLuft&Co (OH)

Universities:

Columbia College/Carolina Dance Improvisation Festival (SC) | Ohio University | Ohio Wesleyan University | Denison University | Ohio5 Dance Festival | OhioDance Festival | BalletMet Columbus (OH) | University of North Texas | Texas Woman’s University (Award for Excellence in Teaching) | Texas Dance Improvisation Festival

K-12:

Santa Teresa High School (Award for Outstanding Leadership in Education, CA) | Live Oak High School (CA) | Flower Mound High School (TX) | Hebron High School (TX) | Wakeland High School (TX) | Lake Highlands High School (TX) | Columbus, OH Public Schools | Athens, OH Public Schools | Durham, NC Public Schools |