About the Author

Meagan Bruskewicz

Hello, my name is Meagan. I love cheesy TV dramas and romantic period movies set in England. I love ice cream that is really only 70% ice cream and 30% baked goods and toppings – aka Cold Stone. I love exploring new and interesting places in the ever-captivating New York City as well as continuously escaping to family members in suburbia.

I love the feeling in dance class when the combination finally sinks into your body and “clicks.” I love when a single dancer just blows me away with his/her performance. I love when someone new is moved by the power of dance. I love engaging in deep conversations about dance and art with dance people and non-dance people alike.

I started dancing at the age of 4 and never really stopped. Through high school I danced at a local studio and engaged in that crazy but fun world of dance competitions and recitals, performing ballet, jazz, lyrical, and musical theater dance. Then I majored in dance at Muhlenberg College and turned over to the “dark side” of modern dance, soaking up everything I could about this new (to me) idea of dance as an abstract and expressive art form. I further broadened my experience of artistic dance by attending the American Dance Festival, where I learned a great deal about the wide variety of choreographic styles and about my personal preferences within them.

For the past 3 years, I have been living in New York City, participating in and learning from multiple facets of its vibrant dance community. I performed for a little while until I realized my heart wasn’t in it and I allowed myself to simply dance for the joy of it, taking modern, jazz, hip hop, even salsa classes (ballet from time to time when I feel like rediscovering my turnout muscles or seeing how many pirouettes I can still do). I have worked in dance administration for 2 nonprofits, in the areas of Marketing and Development, where I feel I learned a lot about the workings behind the scenes and the many difficulties involved with supporting artists and succeeding as an organization. In addition to my admin work and continued dancing, I have attended conferences of Dance/USA and the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) as well as many Dance/NYC events, such as the Bessie Awards. I’m also a member of the fledgling NYC-based Collective for Dance Writing and New Media.

Starting September 2012, I will be embarking on a new adventure and new trajectory in dance – pursuing a Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies at the University of California at Riverside. I am not sure at this time what I’d like to do upon graduating from the program, but I am greatly looking forward to deepening my understanding and study of dance and working my way into the community of dance scholars. Though undertaking a rigorous Ph.D. program will be a great challenge, I am hopeful that I can persevere and come out the other side better equipped and inspired to make a positive contribution to the world of dance.

For questions or comments, you may contact me at mbruskewicz@gmail.com.