teaching

Experience and Background

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

Workshops

These degree programs and additional professional development have provided Megan with specialized movement training in 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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Previous teaching appointments include positions working with students of all ages and experience levels at the following institutions:

Dance Revolution East Africa (Kampala, Uganda)

Columbia College/Carolina Dance Improvisation Festival (SC)

Dance Exchange (Washington, DC)

The American Dance Festival’s Scripps Studios (NC)

9th Street Dance (NC)

Living Arts Collective (NC)

Factory Street Studio (OH)

Paper Circle (OH)

MamLuft&Co (OH)

Ohio University

Ohio Wesleyan University

Denison University

Ohio5 Dance Festival

OhioDance Festival

BalletMet (OH)

University of North Texas

Texas Woman’s University (Award for Excellence in Teaching)

Texas Dance Improvisation Festival

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)

Additional training:

Introductory Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy (Ruella Frank)

Stewards of Children: Learning how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse (Darkness2Light)

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (Online Curriculum Development)