|photo byNick Fancher|
This class explores the interdependence of weight, breath, and momentum within the body, as dancers move in and out of the floor to build strength and sense full-bodied engagement. It is designed as genuine physical practice – asking questions of the body and using creative problem solving to deepen technical skill and performance artistry. The class encourages playful discovery and efficient use of movement within individual physicality. The content moves progressively through floor, center, traveling, and phrase work to increase physical awareness, musicality, connectivity, and stamina in the body.
Meghan Durham is a dance artist, choreographer, educator, advocate, and scholar. Her creative work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Eccles Foundation, the Philadelphia Foundation, the nEW Festival, Dance Advance’s artists’ exchange in Singapore (administered by the Pew Charitable Trust), the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and the Painted Bride Art Center, among others. Meghan taught in the Program in Dance at Princeton University from 2003-2008; and has held dance faculty positions at Temple University, the University of Utah, Westminster College, BalletMet Academy, Repertory Dance Theater's Community School and the Virginia Tanner Creative Dance Program. She currently teaches as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance at the Ohio State University. Meghan conducts her creative activity as an independent artist, as the Artistic Director of Merge Dance and as a collaborating performer (past and present) for Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre, Ashley Thorndike/Peter Swendsen, and Karl Rogers, among others; with recent premieres in Columbus, OH and Chicago.