Introducing 2016 Brighton Dance Festival Faculty member Meg Paul!
Ballet Lecturer at Wayne State University, and Programs Director of Complexions Detroit Summer Intensive, Meg Paul is an exciting addition to our faculty line up for the 2016 BDF!
Check out this fun interview to learn a little more about Meg!
BDF: What are you working on these days professionally?
Meg: I'm currently in the throws of choreographing Oklahoma!, and co-directing our WSU Spring Dance Concert. Oh yes, and also preparing for the Complexions Detroit Summer Intensive!
BDF: What has been a source of inspiration for you recently, either in your personal or professional life?
M: My husband Vince Paul is a constant source of inspiration. He just concluded a successful fundraising campaign to keep the doors at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts OPEN while he continues to find innovative ways to keep the arts alive and the Music Hall accessible for everyone! Violette Verdy, who recently passed away, has also been an inspiration; she was and is a beautiful wellspring of integrity and smarts, and a gift to the ballet world.
BDF: You're on a cross-country road trip and you can have 3 other passengers in the car. Who are they and where are you going?
M: My husband and two sons! I love roads trips with them! Whether we are running errands or traveling across country, it's always a hilarious ride...and we would be driving to the airport for our long awaited trip to Sicily.
BDF: If I'm taking your dance class, what can I expect to experience?
M: A fun, sweaty challenge!
Thanks for the interview! We can't wait to have Meg at Brighton Dance Festival for the first time this summer!
(Photo: Meg Paul (left) performing. Photo credit: Kyle Froman)
A little more about Meg Paul:
Meg Gurin-Paul received her early training with Southern Ballet Theatre in Orlando, Florida. After winning the International Dance Competition of the Americas, Meg was invited to train on full scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. At fifteen, Meg began her professional career touring with the Joffrey Ballet Concert Dancers and the Joffrey Ballet II apprentice company. She was promoted to the Joffrey Ballet at nineteen, rising through the ranks to perform leading roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker-Sugar Plum Fairy, Love Songs, Italian Suite, La Vivandiere Pas De Six, The Clowns, Valentine, Suite Saint-Saens, Light Rain, Billboards, Les Sacre Du Printemps, A Trifling and more. Meg is a recipient of The Princess Grace Award and has been a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet NYC, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Ron De Jesus Dance. She directed Ballet Builders, a NYC showcase for emerging choreographers and was the ballet mistress for the Joffrey Ballet Ensemble. Meg was a faculty member at The Joffrey Ballet School in NYC and has taught master classes around the nation for the past decade. Along with her husband Vince Paul, Meg co-founded World Arts Inc., a representation agency that represented national and international companies such as Nacho Duato’s Compania Nacional De Danza, Les Ballets De Monte Carlo, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Les Grand Ballets Canadian. A highlight in Meg’s career was assisting Twyla Tharp through the creation and mounting of the Tony-award winning show Movin’ Out. Ms. Tharp invited Meg to be the dance captain for production for the Broadway run. Meg performed both leading roles as “Brenda” and “Judy” and she also staged the national touring cast of Movin’ Out. Meg was the Director of Dance at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts where she conceived and directed a benefit for dance titled National City Stars of Ballet and Broadway. For her work on National City Stars of Ballet and Broadway, Meg was honored by the Detroit Free Press as Detroit’s Renaissance Hero 2008. Currently, Meg is a Ballet Lecturer at the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University. She was Artistic Director of the WSU Dance Workshop Company from 2010-2012 and she is founder and Program Director of the Complexions Detroit Summer Intensive at Wayne State University, celebrating its third season this summer. Meg is a founding member of Take Root, a modern company based in Rochester, MI, and she also teaches at Spotlight Dance Works. Meg was recently featured in the documentary, “Joffrey- Mavericks of American Dance.”