Megan Lewis
Chicago, IL
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Megan Lewis

Megan L.

Chicago, IL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Dance culture has a tendency to be exclusive. But why? Everyone can dance, and everyone can learn to dance - we just need to know how our bodies are meant to move and what they are capable of doing! Dance is an art form whose pedagogy is passed down from teacher to teacher. As studies of biomechanics and kinesiology evolve, so should the approach to teaching dance. We know that not every “body” looks, moves or is built the same. With new developments in science, we can now teach dance with a more biomechanically safe method that allows the art form to be more accessible to all bodies. Not only will this allow accessibility to all dancers but also provides longevity to dancers.

I offer lessons that are designed to be achievable by any and every body - from non-dancers, to advanced dancers. The lessons are taught through a biomechanical approach that allows for accommodations and safe execution for all bodies and structural limitations while still staying true to the aesthetic of the form.

About Megan L.

I am a dancer, educator, and choreographer from the Chicagoland area. I have received a Bachelors of Art in Dance with a focus on pedagogy from Columbia College Chicago and have been teaching in all types of settings since 2014.

I have taught for companies such as Joel Hall Dancers & Center, Dance to Evolve, and Music House to name a few. With these companies, I have worked in both studio settings as well as in school and after-school programs. I have worked in Chicago Public Schools such as Drummond Montessori, Jackie Robinson Elementary, & Sabin Dual Language Elementary. Additionally, I have volunteered teaching dance in recreational centers such as the Bryant Center in Racine, WI. I was grateful to have the experience teaching fellow peers for a pedagogy practicum at Columbia College Chicago.

I teach ages 2 and up styles such as Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, and General/Creative Movement. I believe that it is never too late to start dancing. I have worked with a 92-year-old dancer who was learning tap who even found a performance opportunity.

I work with all kinds of bodies to make sure that dance is achievable and safe for all. My instruction method is derived from a biomechanical approach to technique and movement that allows for accommodations and safe execution for all bodies and structural limitations.

A few of my goals as an instructor are to:
1. Teach dance technique in a safe and adaptable manner.
2. Create a safe and welcoming environment for people to pursue their passion for dance.
3. Promote an understanding of how the body moves and its capabilities in relation to dance.

Additional backing of my instruction comes from research done in the fields of Anatomy, Kinesiology, the biomechanics of dance, and personal experience. Some main sources used in this practice are driven by works by Erik Franklin, Margaret Wilson, and journals such as JDMS, and others on IADMS.

If you are unsure or have any questions, feel free to ask me any questions! My ultimate goal is to help you learn and enjoy movement and dancing!

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Experience

Dance Instructor
Feb 2019 - Present

Music House Inc.

Teaching dance at after-school programs in Chicago Public Schools

Dance Instructor
Sep 2018 - Present

Dance To Evolve

Teach ages 2-12 combo classes ranging in styles of Tap, Ballet, & Jazz, Creative/General Movement. Teach dance programs in Chicago Public Schools. Assist other instructors with classes. Responsible for opening/setting up & closing/cleaning up studio space.

Teaching Assistant
Sep 2018 - Dec 2018

Columbia College Chicago

Teaching Assistant for Ballet for Non-Majors under Zineb Chraibi for pedagogy course. Assisted with corrections and demonstrations. Taught 1-3 exercises a week ending with a full week of Teaching the class.

Dance Instructor & Program Manager
Oct 2016 - Sep 2018

Joel Hall Dancers & Center

In addition to managing the youth and adult programs, I have worked as both a substitute teacher and permanent teacher. I taught Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Creative Movement classes and camps for ages 3-18. I additionally helped out with the After School Matters Program.

Dance Facilitator
Sep 2017 - Dec 2017

Sabin Dual Language Elementary School

Developed a 6-8 week after-school program in collaboration with Amanda Boike, Camila Rivero-Pooley and Alex Talamantes under the direction of Kelsa Robinson for Community Engagement studies We facilitated grades 4th-6th in movement invention while teaching basic dance skills that culminated in a performance.

Student Teacher
Nov 2017 - Nov 2017

Columbia College Chicago

Taught a for Jazz for Non-Majors class under the supervision of Pam McNeil for pedagogy course.

Dance Instructor
Sep 2014 - Jan 2015

Bryant Recreational Center

Volunteered to teach ages 3-13 basics in Ballet and Tap. Additionally worked with the center's drill/pom team by leading them in warm-ups and quick dance classes.

Education

Bachelors of Arts in Dance
Sep 2015 - Dec 2018

Columbia College Chicago

Music Education & Dance
Jan 2013 - May 2015

College of Lake County

Music Education & Musical Theatre. Minor in Dance
Sep 2011 - May 2012

Carthage College

Languages

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

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