I am a proud Graduate of the Dance Master’s of America Teachers’ Training program. DMA is an international organization which offers a multi-grade, multi-year program that provides both basic and advanced teaching techniques for current and would-be dance instructors. Completion of the four-year program and examinations result in DMA certification in the dance education profession, where teachers are certified by test to teach. It was an amazing experience and I had the opportunity to take class and learn from some of the best teachers in the country.
Along with a passion for dance, I’ve always been interested in health and fitness. I received my Personal Training and Group Fitness certifications from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) in 2008. This passion for the fitness side of things led me to compete in Figure Competitions in the Spring and Fall of 2011. Always thirsty for more knowledge, I continue my fitness education by participating in local workshops and classes. This past November (2015) I became a licensed PiYo LIVE! instructor and have begun teaching this amazing format at the studio.
I am so excited to bring dance to the adult community in WNY! Exercise doesn’t have to be boring and feel like a chore. The trick is to find something you love to do and look forward too. I hope to see you in on the dance floor soon!
Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people.” ~Alvin Ailey
Currently Megan is working towards her Masters degree in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling (DMT) at Antioch University New England. Recently Megan began working with Hospice of Buffalo in their Essential Care for Children program as a dance/movement therapy intern. Dance/movement therapy is a mental health counseling profession that uses movement as a mode of expression. Dance/movement therapy can benefit any person of any age or ability level. A DMT facilitates an individual to furthering their mind/body connection to foster greater coping and healing by supporting emotional, intellectual and physical expression. Megan’s clinical experience includes working with developmentally disabled individuals, children and caregivers as well as children who have experienced trauma. Megan is looking forward to growing the field of DMT in Western New York.
Megan’s experiences have allowed her to build a dance class perfect for adult dancers who are entering the studio after a long pause or no pause at all. She guides her dancers to artistic expression and proper technique through a supportive learning environment. Megan understands that each dancer that enters the studio is entering for a different reason and as a result maintaining a safe, fun and stimulating environment is always a top priority for her.
Megan has been a part of the NCD family since 2013!