Relay Dance Collective is excited to link up with Megan Erickson. This Sunday at RDC at ARC, she presents her piece Shadow, set to live piano. Megan graduated from the University of Washington in 2013. During her time at the UW, she choreographed for the dance majors concert, and was president of the Dance Student Association (DSA), participating in many of DSA’s student-run productions of InFlux. She also performed in the UW MFA concert, as well as at the American College Dance Festival in Salt Lake City. In addition to the UW, Megan studied at the Jose Limón Summer intensive in New York, as well as the Dance This intensive in Seattle. After graduating from college, she continued her pre-professional training in Spectrum Dance Theater’s Academy Program.
Tell me about your background as a dancer/choreographer. I grew up dancing in Seattle, studying at my local studio All That Dance. I then went on to study dance in college as a dance major at the University of Washington. I recently stopped teaching at different community centers so I could focus more on getting my choreography out there, and that is what led me to get connected with Relay Dance Collective and be a part of this fundraiser.
What will you be presenting at the fundraiser? I will be presenting a new piece that I have created in collaboration with my dancers that focuses on the power of the individual voice. In today’s society it is easy to lose your true individual voice through the perceptions of those around you, labels you have been given, or through influences in the media. You can find yourself pressured into labels that make you feel that there is a certain “right way of being”, what it is to be “normal”, “successful”, or “beautiful.” In this work, I would like to stand up for the power of the individual voice. I want to push against some of these labels society has created, and shed some light on the power of what it truly means to be you. Throughout the rehearsal process we have been exploring how touch, sight, sound, and speech effect our perceptions of our self and our overall self-awareness and self-confidence. We have been working on what it would be like if one of these senses were taken away from us, and how that would affect our identity. We have been doing this through individual memories, and moments in time where these senses were heightened. I hope this is a piece that many people can relate to, in the search for finding power in their own individual voices.
You graduated from the UW in 2013. What did you gain from that experience? This is a hard question to answer, because I gained so much from my experience in the dance department at UW. I graduated from UW in the spring of 2013. One thing I will never take for granted are the strong friendships I made there amongst teachers and peers, everyone in this cast are close friends I made in the program. I gained a strong passion for modern dance, and I gained confidence in my choreography and discovered that was what I truly wanted to do. I also gained strong leadership and stage managing skills through my time as president of the Dance Student Association.
What other projects/dancing are you involved in in Seattle? I am not currently involved in any other projects as of right now. I am just trying to take class, see lots of dance, and continue to choreograph and be inspired by my peers and be open to whatever opportunities that lie ahead.
What are your goals as a dance artist? My goals include being a successful choreographer and one day starting my own company. I want to create dance that is accessible and relatable to a wider audience.
What do you do in addition to dance? In addition to dance, I am also a singer/ songwriter. I have played at different local venues in Seattle, and I am currently in the process of recording my first full-length album. ______________________________________________________
RDC at ARC January 25, 2015 ARC Dance Productions 9250 14th Ave. NW, Seattle See performances by veteran Relay members and guest artists as we raise funds for RDC's annual performance at Velocity Dance Center in April.