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Megan J. Minturn, MA, RYT is a New York-based dancer, educator and choreographer. She loves sharing her passion for movement. Her company of investigators/choreographers/dancers, MJM Dance, performed at the 92nd St. Y, New York's Dance New Amsterdam, HERE Arts, Dixon Place, NYU's Frederick Loewe Theatre, Miami University of Ohio, the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance and Ailey's Citigroup Theatre among others. They investigated and performed their first evening length performance, "Monopoly: The Landlord's Game" in April, 2017 to two sold out audiences at Mark Morris Dance Center.
Megan dances with Bessie Award winning, Joya Powell's Movement of the People Dance Company and Catherine Gallant/DANCE. With Joya Powell and Catherine Gallant she has performed at venues including Jacob's Pillow, Lincoln Center, St. Mark's Church, BAM, La MaMa, throughout the tri-state area, and internationally. Megan has performed the works of Mabingo Alfdaniels, Frederick Curry, Carolyn Webb, Dianne Duggan, Deborah Damast, Rainy Demerson, Saya Hardako, Jacques Heim, Jenny Brown, and Charles Ahovissi.
Megan teaches in Brooklyn. Her students have performed throughout New York City. In 2016, Megan was awarded the New York State Dance Education Association's Outstanding K-12 Educator of the Year and in 2015 Education Update's Outstanding Educator of the Year at NY's Harvard Club. She was a guest artist teaching movement and improvisation in NYU's Graduate Music program for four years. Megan worked with the ARTery teaching Dancing Classroom's ballroom dance to 5th graders, Charles Ahovissi's African Culture Connection performing and teaching West African dance, the Diavolo Project: Nebraska dancing and teaching athletic contemporary dance, and participated in a Kennedy Center funded Teaching Artist Initiative. She has taught and written curricula with Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Little Red Schoolhouse Summer Program, The School at Peridance, Notes in Motion, Action Arts at Columbia University, and HB Studios. She has led workshops and sat on panels at the National Dance Education Organizations annual workshops (2012-2016) and has written curricula and mentored new dance teachers with the New York City Department of Education's Office of Arts and Special Projects.
Megan J. Minturn began studying dance in Omaha, NE at Omaha Theatre Company's Pre-Professional Ballet Program and participated in Perry Mansfield's Performing Arts School in Steamboat Springs, CO. At Fordham University's College at Lincoln Center Megan majored in Philosophy and minored in African and French Major Studies, studying in Senegal, West Africa. She received her 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certification at Sonic Yoga in New York City. Most recently, Megan studied dance and dance pedagogy in Havana, Cuba at Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, received the Don Quixote Grant to study dance in Salvador, Brazil and is a 2019 Fund for Teachers Fellow. Megan holds an MA in Dance Education from New York University.