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In Conversation with Meghan Horowitz

PUSH Dance Company is proud to present choreography by Meghan Horowitz on September 20-22, 2019 for PUSHfest Program B at ODC Theater in San Francisco. 


Tell us a little bit about your dance background.
Before relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, Meghan Horowitz trained under Balanchine Master, Yvonne Mounsey in Los Angeles, where she gained soloist status with Santa Monica Dance Theater before they closed their doors in 2012. Since relocating and graduating from Santa Clara University in 2014 with a degree in Dance, she has had the opportunity to show works for San Jose Dance Co’s Dancing at the Row, Safehouse Arts RAW Artist Residency, Mark Foehringer’s Young Choreographers Forum, Spectordance and San Francisco Movement Arts Festival. She currently works as Artistic Director and ballet mistress of South Valley Dance Arts, and is opening a new classical arts academy in the South Bay in June of 2019.

What can audiences look forward to seeing in your work at PUSHfest
Homage and reference to classical vocabulary and lines punctuated with technically demanding, truly athletic movement. Each dancer’s skill set is so unique to themselves respectively; and the movement truly strives to showcase each particular talent.

What are the major sources of inspiration for your choreography?
Music choice is truly my largest inspiration. Once I have envisioned my specific concept or theme, music is always my next necessity to inspire movement.

If you hadn’t chosen this career, what might you have been doing in your life?
Had I not pursued dance in any means, be it in teaching or choreographing, I likely would have pursued a career in art therapy.

What advice would you pass on to an aspiring choreographer
Remember that you’re in unique position as a visual artist who gets to work with people and not inanimate objects. So, remember to communicate with them, seek their input and feedback on what works for their bodies. If you dancers feels good about the movement, they’ll perform it better than if it feels awkward to them.