Meet 2015 BDF Faculty Member and Youth Program Director MEGAN DRABANT
We asked Megan a few questions to get to know her better, and here's what she had to say:
What has been your favorite dance gig during your career?
"Picking one right now is difficult since I feel that I am still new in the career field of being a dancer. Without a doubt, training under Kathy King and performing with the Michigan Dance Project changed who I was as a dancer, teacher, and performer. I learned so much about myself as both a person and an artist during my 5 years with MDP. The opportunities I experienced with MDP will always be one of my favorite moments in my career. Recently, I performed in a corporate gig with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project's BAM! and three other Chicago based tap companies. It was a really great experience performing with people from all of the companies to ultimately promote the love of tap dance."
What inspires you most as an artist?
"I draw inspiration from many different sources. I listen to music constantly and I'm always making lists or taking a screenshot of the songs I like. I am a super big nerd and love to conduct research on different subjects. Sometimes I find inspiration from text or the story-lines in books. I love being outside, so I often will pull inspiration from nature or by watching human interactions with each other and their surroundings. Collaborating is my favorite way to create, so I most often find inspiration from other individuals when we work together on a new project."
When you're in the car, what's on the radio?
"I plug in my phone and use Pandora. My stations vary all over the place, but most recently I've been listening to Panic! At The Disco, Walk The Moon, Twenty One Pilots, Ella Fitzgerald Radio, and Build Me Up Buttercup Radio."
If you could have lunch with any choreographer, past or present, who would it be?
"This question is so difficult to answer! Picking one is really challenging, but I would have to say William Forsythe. I am fascinated by his inspiration of organization principles in choreography, and would love to learn how he developed his choreographic process."
What's in your dance bag?
"Laptop, Charger, Notebook, Tap shoes (sometimes 2 pairs), Screwdriver, Tennis Ball, Large Super Bouncy Ball, Small Super Bouncy Ball, Moji Stick, Deodorant, Kinesio Tape, Nail File, Kind Bars."
What has been a favorite BDF moment?
"It is so hard to pick just one moment!! I love everything about BDF. Though one moment that stands out to me is when I introduced the Floor Barre class to the Pro level students for the first time. Many of them had no idea what to expect. They all worked really hard during class and the next day many of the students expressed to me how excited they were for being so sore! They continued to talk about it the rest of the week and even psyched up the Teen students for the class. It is so important to cross train as a dancer, yet it is very difficult to get the students interested in cross-training. I'm so thankful that the students at BDF are always so receptive to trying new classes and styles. It inspires me to prepare more interesting and challenging exercises every year!"
(Catch some footage of Megan teaching at the 2013 BDF. We love her Floor Barre class!)
A little more about Megan:
Megan Drabant began her training at Main Stage Center for the Arts in Fair Haven, Michigan and continued her education at Wayne State University graduating with a BFA in Dance. While at Wayne State, Drabant performed works by Wanjiru Kamuyu, Nathan Trice, Ron Todorowski, Ray Mercer, Ron De Jesus, and Sonya Tayeh. Drabant has furthered her training by attending various dance festivals and intensives such as the Trinity Laban Summer Program in London, England; the Rockette Summer Intensive in New York City; the Motor City Tap Festival in Detroit, Michigan; and the Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine.
Drabant has performed professionally for five consecutive seasons with the Michigan Dance Project, under the direction of Kathy King, and has choreographed for the feature film Needlestick, written and directed by Detroit-based film writer Steven Karageanes. She trained and performed professionally as a performing apprentice with M.A.D.D. Rhythms, under the direction of Bril Barrett. Drabant has written articles for the hyperlocal dance portal site, Dance Panorama, and was featured in Dance Magazine (Sept. 2012) for initiating a tap course at Wayne State University. Currently, Drabant is a performing apprentice with Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s BAM!, directed by Lane Alexander, and is a member of the CoCoDaCo Mezzo Company, directed by Ronn Stewart. In the fitness field, Drabant is currently working towards completing her STOTT Pilates certification and PTA Global training, all while continuing to teach group fitness, pilates, and dance to children and adults throughout the Chicagoland area. She is so excited to be returning this year to Brighton Dance Festival as the Youth Program Director!