Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Holeman.
Hi Megan, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
While I technically began my dance journey at the age of three, I’m convinced dance has been central to my being since I took my first breath. As human beings, we’re granted a soul and a body to inhabit and harness. Our bodies serve as gateways between who we are at our core and the world. Movement in the form of dance allows us to explore this gateway in the most intimate of ways. I choose to dance because of this. Of course, I didn’t come to this conclusion when I drew my first breath or attended my first dance class at the age of three. I came to this conclusion after nearly two decades of training, performing, and exploring.
I grew up in Lubbock, Texas. I trained and competed at my local dance studio in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, and pointe. When I turned fifteen, I began dancing on my high school’s Pom Squad. That same year, I began teaching and choreographing. Throughout the next four years, I worked with all ages from five to eighteen, primarily with ages eleven to fourteen. I taught/choreographed in a variety of styles. I quickly realized how much I loved to teach and choreograph and dedicated myself towards owning a dance studio one day. As I was preparing for college, my goal was to attend a school where I could study both business and dance. After a whirlwind year consumed with college applications and tours, I decided to take a slight 180-degree turn and attend AMDA’s Dance Theatre Conservatory in New York City to train to be a working professional dancer.
I trained in NYC for two years, receiving a great amount of ballet, musical theatre, jazz, and modern dance training, as well as acting and vocal training. In 2021, I moved to Los Angeles to attend AMDA’s College of the Performing Arts. In LA, I trained more extensively in heels dancing and hip-hop, as well as taking courses in film and music production. I graduated from AMDA in June of 2022 with my BFA in Performing Arts, concentration in Dance Theatre. I have since transitioned to being a full-time professional dancer based out of both LA and NYC.
Still, my goal is to eventually open a dance studio. But I’ve decided to spend as much time as I can navigating and conquering this industry as a working professional- eager to soak up as much information as possible in hopes of sharing it with future generations of fifteen-year-old Megans who are in awe after seeing a Broadway production for the first time. I want to learn through experience. Only then can I teach and inspire future generations.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Like anything, it’s had its challenges. I’d say the hardest thing is giving yourself the grace to take time off. Since finishing school, I’ve taken some serious time “off”. I’m still active within my profession- but not as active. It’s been hard to fight off the guilt of not taking as many classes as I “should” be, or not submitting/attending as many auditions, or not creating as much work as others are. I’ve had to remind myself time and time again that it’s okay to take time “off”- to take a break -as long as it doesn’t last forever. As artists, we’ve had the “hustle mentality” ingrained within us for as long as we can remember. We’ve been told time and time again that this industry is a nightmare, so you must work day and night to try to break into it. So, when you take time “off” to recalibrate and work on your physical/mental health, it’s easy to feel lazy or like you don’t want it as much as everyone else. Giving myself grace to take a moment and breathe has been an ongoing journey.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m currently a member of Lume Dance Collective, directed by Monika Felice Smith and MaryAnn Chavez. As a member of Lume, I participate in monthly concept videos/visuals. I also train within Lume’s Light and Ignite training programs, developing my skills as a creator/artist and training in a variety of styles. I just began my journey with Lume, but I am ecstatic to see where it takes me! Outside of Lume, I am actively training and auditioning. My go-to style is musical theatre. I found a love for musical theatre after training for two years in New York City. I love the vibrancy that comes from musical theatre. I love diving deep into a character’s needs and wants and conveying that through the use of energetic movement.
As a creator, I love pouring all my passions into one project. I play instruments, sing, compose, and produce music. I love creating tracks and choreographing to them or editing dance footage to coincide with them. I believe the thing that sets me apart from others is my commitment to dancing from the center of my being- from my core. Dance has the capability to transcend people towards a more honest, more vulnerable reality. It took me a long time to realize that dance isn’t about making the shapes or transitions; instead, it’s about living more openly through given shapes and transitions. Now that I’ve discovered what this feels like (what it feels like to live through a phrase), I want to hold myself accountable and always dance from my core human. And I want to inspire others to do the same and experience the pure joy that comes from it. In a more generic sense (haha!), I’d say my versatility and range as an artist also sets me apart.
Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
As a human, I’m extremely independent. I like to strive and achieve things on my own. If there’s one thing this industry has taught me, however, it’s that community is key. I’ve had to let go of my desire to make it happen on my own. I’ve had to become more comfortable leaning on others and asking for help. Every artist is struggling, and we all need each other to help keep us sane. Without my support system and community, I have within this industry, I would not succeed. So, thank you to every artist, teacher, mentor, and human that has helped support me!
- Website: https://www.meganholeman.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_meganholeman
- Youtube: https://youtu.be/EEjUV8AgM4k
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