Dance & Choreography
Megan holds a Bachelor’s in Science in Psychology, Dance, and Nutrition. She is currently a dance instructor at both Franklin School of Performing Arts, Columbia School of Performing Arts, and McDowell Elementary. She has most recently held the title of Adjunct Professor of Dance for Columbia State Community College in Franklin TN.
The past twenty years Megan has been studying dance in Nashville, New York, and California. Sixteen of those years she has been teaching in the Middle Tennessee area where she has held title of Executive Director of Franklin School of Performing Arts, Artistic Director of Tennessee Dance Arts Conservatory and of the Spring Hill Arts Center's School of Dance. In 2009, White founded Tennessee Dance Arts Conservatory to provide her local community with classical dance education. She developed a strong ballet and modern concentrated program that trained dancers to continue on at American Ballet Theatre, Joffery Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Next Generation Ballet, Scripps College, and Florida State University. As the Artistic Director, White presented over a dozen evening length works including The Nutcracker, La fille mal gardee, Carnival of Animals, and original productions.
Megan’s contemporary choreography was noted and placed her student in the top 12 of the 2012 Youth American Grand Prix. Her choreography has also been seen in various local theatre productions such as; Nunsense, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Nutcracker, and local dance productions of, Narnia, Wizard of Oz, The Little Mermaid, and Peter Pan. Megan is passionate about the art and creative process of choreography. She has continued to set original pieces of the FSPA Dance Companies and other local artist. Her work was performed at Nashville's Women's Work in 2015 & 2017.
In the summer of 2012, Megan co-taught a six week pilot program for Very Special Arts of Tennessee, teaching dance to children with down syndrome and autism. In the fall of 2012 she continued her work by creating a Special Needs dance program at Tennessee Dance Arts Conservatory. She utilized her knowledge gained by taking graduate level courses in Dance Movement Therapy to help create curriculum for this program, as well as, as future classes for special needs students.
Megan began studying modern dance technique, composition, and improviation as a child with former Nikolais and Louis company member, Kaylee Scott Cahoon. She trained under Cahoon at Franklin School of Performing Arts, in Franklin TN for twelve years, continuing on to teach modern, tap, and jazz at the school. During that time Megan had the amazing opportunities to take workshops and master classes from Donald McKayle, Luigi, Bill T. Jones, and Sean Curran, In 2001, Megan moved to Los Angeles to pursue school at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, concentrating on Costume Design. This experience helped aid Megan in her work as a dance costume designer. Megan left California to go on tour with multiple touring acts, including a two-year run with Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance. During this time she worked as a wardrobe mistress and taught Pilates and contemporary dance on tour.
Megan has continued her dance education by taking classes from Luigi and Brenda Bufalino, as well as, attending workshops at Giordano Jazz Dance, American Tap Dance Festival, NYC Dance Teacher Summit, and Tennessee Association of Dance. She has also taken courses in Laban Movement Analysis, Alexander Technique and Anatomy Trains. She uses her experience in somatic, dance movement therapy, dance pedagogy, and different fitness modalities to inform her work as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer.
In 2018, Megan was awarded the Judith Woodruff, Professional Development Scholarship from the Tennessee Association of Dance, as well as, the Game On Grant from Aldi to implement a mindful movement program at McDowell Elementary in Columbia, TN. She also is honored to be a 2018 Faculty member of the Tennessee Association of Dance’s Dance Festival.
Movement for Children
Megan believes movement is fundamental and a right for every age. She teaches a variety of movement classes for children. In all of her classes, she focuses on developmental appropriate exercises and themes, encouraging imagination, creative play, and proper body mechanics to lay the foundation of healthy functional movement patterns for life.
Megan has created her own dance curriculum for ages 3-7yrs that introduces all of the above mentioned concepts, as well as, encourages a love of dance through additional story, song, and fun dance history facts.
Megan received her Angel Bear Yoga Teacher Training in 2017.
Classes available teach;
Pre Ballet, Tap, and Jazz
Modern Dance for 5-7 yr olds
Yoga of Children
Dance technique, history, and creative processes.
Classes available to teach;
Modern Technique (Mixed based)
Composition & Improvisation
Jazz Technique (Luigi based)
Tap Technique (Rhythm based)
Strength & Conditioning specific to dancers.