Meghan was born and raised outside Chicago, Illinois where she trained privately with Sherry Moray and Irina Starovoitova at the Academy of Dance Arts. She attended summer programs at the Washington Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet on scholarship. She participated in numerous competitions, including Youth America Grand Prix, where she won regionally and advanced to the NYC finals in 2013, 2014, and 2015. At the 2015 YAGP finals she was awarded a full scholarship to Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet as a trainee. While with the RWB, she performed with the company in their productions of Giselle and The Nutcracker. After attending the ABT New York City summer intensive in 2016, she was offered a place in the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company and was the recipient of the Nora Orphanides’ scholarship. She was selected by Marcelo Gomes to premiere the new work he created for Studio Company, Kabalevsky Violin Concerto. In addition, she danced new works by Ethan Steifel and Liam Scarlett, performed at ABT outreach performances including Dance Against Cancer, and participated in the annual ABT/ Royal Ballet School exchange. She was also invited to tour with American Ballet Theatre to perform in Alexi Ratmansky’s Nutcracker and participated in the spring season at the Metropolitan Opera. This is her first season with Texas Ballet Theatre.
Where are you from?
When did you begin dancing?
I started dancing around the age of 3.
Why did you begin dancing?
I would stage dance productions (complete with costumes and music) for just about anyone that came to my house. I loved performing and my parents thought I should give real dance lessons a try.
When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?
I joined July 2017.
What is your favorite ballet to see?
I love Giselle; it’s the ballet that made me fall in love with ballet!
What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed?
I loved Marcelo Gomes’ Kabalevsky Violin Concerto. I performed the second and third movements which were very challenging but helped me grow so much and develop my artistry.
What surprised you the most about being a professional dancer?
I think that there is a level of focus to be a professional that isn’t required as a student. How you treat your body outside the studio makes the biggest impact on your performance. It’s so important to cross train, heal properly, and be mentally prepared so you can tackle the challenges you face in the studio.
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
I would like to be a physical therapist; I have a pretty good understanding of biology and anatomy and like helping others.
What outdoor activities do you enjoy?
I like biking and horseback riding.
Do you have a favorite sports team? If so, who?
I don’t follow sports much, but I always root for the home teams from Chicago!!
What kind of music do you like best?
I studied classical music growing up, so that’s still a big part of my library. But I definitely listen to Beyoncé to get me going in the morning!
What’s your least favorite part of getting ready for a performance?
Dress rehearsals are always nerve wracking for me. But once I get a feeling for the floor and lights the stage is a really comfortable place.