This week’s Dancer/Choreographer shout out goes to Megan Trainer. With a natural groove and passion for music and rhythm Megan was born to dance and entertain. Starting off with training in ballet, jazz, and tap at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet it disciplined her to a great foundation of dance. After only a few years of training she was scouted at the young age of 8 years old for her first professional dance role with Disney. From there the determination and passion only solidified and to this day grows stronger for Megan’s unequaled love for performing and creating movement. Along the way she has had the opportunity to work with and learn from Canada’s top urban contemporary companies such as RUBBERBANDance Group, the 605 Collective and GadFly to name a few. Expanding beyond the urban contemporary creative processes you will find her alongside some of the top recording artists and hit TV shows. Megan has had the privilege to work alongside Bruno Mars, Michael Buble, Dragonette, Ciara, Ashley Tisdale, Anjulie and more. Not only does her passion lay working with artists in the industry and onscreen but her career has led her on stage countless times. Megan has recently returned from guest teaching and performing for International Dance Week in Guadalajara, Mexico, a tour across Canada with a national Road Show Gala and performing for Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week. Having developed a unique style Megan has a lot to offer and will continue to push her own versatility to its fullest potential. Her recent passion has been to fuse together her unique version of break dance and contemporary. Constantly inspired by her peers and dancers in the industry the desire to push the envelope and develop her unique style is never ending.
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Find out what Megan had to say in this week’s shout out….
Nikki: Do you remember the first time you started dancing?
Megan: I started dancing at the age of 4, I don’t recall my dance classes from that point in my life. When I was 6 I did my first ever dance routine on stage to Michael Jackson’s – Will You Be There. I remember being on stage and not really know what was going on but loving every minute!
Nikki: Do you remember the first song you choreographed to? (Or your earliest memory)
Megan: Hands down was the Backstreet Boys. They were such a huge inspiration and excitement for me when I was growing up. I felt so cool listening and dancing in my room to their music. Still do! My best friend and myself put together a little routine to their hit “Everybody” and preformed it for our grade 4 talent show.
Nikki: Your personal advice for dancers when it comes to free styling?
Megan: Do what comes naturally and be yourself! If you are to ever to really try and analyze what you are doing, I think in some aspects in can have a reverse effect on how your freestyle unfolds. It will hold you back from your full potential when you over think your movement.
Nikki: Getting in the zone to choreograph, what does it take for you?
Megan: Great music! If it naturally has me busting a move in my seat then its a winner and choreography will flow easier if I connect with the music.
Nikki: Who are some of your biggest influences in the Dance industry?
Megan: I have many different influences in the Dance Industry, each influence is completely different and inspires me for a different reason than the other. To name a few; Anne Plamondon, Emmanuelle Le Phan, Lyle Beniga. They all leave me memorized after studying their movement and work!
Nikki: Name a Toronto Choreographer you enjoy working with and why?
Megan: This is a hard question! I have been fortunate to work with many amazing Toronto Choreographers; one of the qualities that I appreciate the most is that they bring out the best in you. They continually push you and the growth is tremendous! So I am very thankful for them all and don’t think I could narrow it down to one. To name a few that I have been thankful to work alongside more than once are Ofilio and Apolonia (GadFly) and Scott Fordham. Each bring out a different side in me to the fullest potential and they won’t take anything but your best. It is an amazing quality I love being surrounded by.
Nikki: Name one of your favorite artists to work with and why? (It does not have to be a pop star any type of artist that a Dancer would work with i.e.; another Dancer, Choreographer, Musician etc.)
Megan: Anne Plamondon. She is an incredible artist and leaves me speechless everytime! Being in the studio under her direction and watching her perform has had a huge impact on my way of being, thinking and moving. She inspires me beyond words and she is just amazing to be in the presence of. She inspires and teaches you how to move in ways you never thought possible. Also her continuous development of her individual craft is so unbelievably motivating and encouraging that I am in awe of and can only dream that one day I could move even half of how she can!! In my own way of course ;).
Nikki: What keeps you coming back to live, perform and train in Toronto?
Megan: The hustle and energy! Toronto has such an amazing energy, you can feel the hunger and drive the dancers have here. They bring such a positive mentality to continually strive to be a better you.
Nikki: Are you currently working on any projects?
Megan: I have been fortunate to be coming from a few contracts in Vancouver and now in Toronto. But a continuous project I have is always working on myself. Prepping whats next, staying updated and pushing for my dreams. Thats the biggest project of them all!
Nikki: Qualities you believe Toronto Dancers possess?
Megan: Passion! Nothing compares to Toronto Dancers. They bring this hustle and desire for more, which creates an amazing environment to be surrounded in. It is positive and it makes you motivated to continue developing your craft as a dancer.
Nikki: Any advice for emerging dancers and choreographers working/training in Toronto?
Megan: To absorb from many different sources. Toronto has such a great diversity that is available for both training and performing. The resources you need, are here and with that the best advice I can give would be to push yourself out of your comfort zone. That allows for the most growth and confidence and will no doubt assist you to your full potential!!
THANK YOU MEGAN FOR SHARING YOUR LOVE & PASSION WITH T.D.O.T. XO
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