Crazy About Dance | Meet Dancer, Meghan Manning
Professional Dancer Meghan Manning shares her journey in becoming the well-versed dancer that she is. Meghan has performed with artists such as The Weeknd on the Oscars this past year, and has danced for world-renowned choreographer Michael Rooney in ABC Family's Lovestruck: The Musical. She speaks on her ultimate passions for dance and explains that she feels the most fulfillment when surrounded by her closest family and friends. Read below to learn more about Meghan's humble journey in becoming a girl boss professional dancer.
How long have you been dancing for? What caused you to get into it?
I have been dancing for as long as I can remember, but professionally dancing for about 5 years. My parents let me sign up for dance when I was 3 because I was always moving if there was music on.
What is your favorite and least favorite style of dance? What was your first style of dance?
Hard Question. I’m honestly into learning any and all styles. My favorite would be anything under the umbrella of Jazz dance. Hard to say a least favorite, but hip hop feels the least authentic on me. First styles were ballet, jazz, and tap.
Along your journey of becoming a professional dancer did you ever come across anything that almost caused you to quit?
I really never considered quitting. College was a wakeup call. It was the first time I was surrounded by hundreds of outrageously talented technical dancers, who were also pursuing dance as a career. It certainly humbled me, but I’m too crazy about dance to ever feel fully defeated.
What have you learned most from being a professional dancer?
I have learned that my sweetest, most dear successes come from doing work that truly makes my soul feel at home. As fun as it is to have your loved ones see you on tv, some of my most fulfilling work has been in theaters, small venues, and rehearsals. As long as the work is really true to me, I’m happy. I have learned to pursue what’s going to make me happy day to day. I have learned that when you follow the work that feels right to you, you meet like-minded artists there, which is maybe the coolest part of work and art.
What advice would you give to 18-year-old Meghan?
Be patient. The auditions, experiences, jobs that you think are the be-all-end-all come and go. The things that are right for you will find you. But do the work to be prepared for when they do, or they will find someone who did!
What successes have you experienced thus far that you will remember forever?
Looking out from stage at the Metropolitan Opera on opening night, which was also New Years Eve, and seeing tuxedos and gowns tier after tier. Another memory would be having this private fitting at Dior on Rodeo Drive for an Oscars performance with dancers I had looked up to, but never worked with before. Another was seeing a commercial I danced in looping on a Times Square billboard for a season. Of course, the actual dancing is the best part, but those were some moments I want to hold on to.
Do you have an embarrassing performance experience? What is it?
Yes. I was performing a duet, so there were only two of us on stage, in an arena of many people. The stage was much longer than we had rehearsed, so I ran full speed to make it to my partner in time. I ate it cartoon style, up in the air and then full body to the ground. Noteworthy that the next month I was in a big important audition and this duet partner was the one running it.
What does MISSBISH mean to you?
To me, MISSBISH is a collection of graceful and strong women inspiring, and being inspired by one another. MISSBISH encourages connection within a global community of passionate female makers and doers. I’m honored to be part of the MISSBISH narrative.
Who's your MISSBISH?
She is an absolute lady boss. She is confident, driven, outgoing, and inclusive. She inspires me to step out of my comfort zone and push for more. She has taught me that there is a solution to every roadblock as long as you face it head-on. She has endless creative ideas to keep everyone around her involved and moving.