Meghann Padgett is a dancer, educator, choreographer, photographer, and filmmaker currently residing in South Carolina after four years based in New York City. She began her dance training in her hometown of Aiken, SC and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in dance from Columbia College in 2009. While at Columbia College, Meghann had the privilege of studying with guest artists Christian von Howard, Lisa Wheeler, Danah Bella, and Dan Wagoner. After graduating, she danced professionally with local companies Vibrations Dance Company, the Power Company, and the South Carolina Contemporary Dance Company, for which she performed Martha Graham’s Maple Leaf Rag under the direction of Miriam Barbosa. In 2013, Meghann became company assistant and dancer for Terrance Henderson’s T.O. Dance, Inc., performing his original works nationally. These works included Hole in My Bucket at the Fresno Rogue Festival and TedX ColumbiaSC, and Ruins at the Sarasota Contemporary Dance Summer Intensive and at the Harbison Theatre, by which the piece was commissioned. With Mr. Henderson, Meghann also participated in community outreach through artistic residencies at regional public schools and studios, and she was able to expand her contemporary and modern dance vocabulary to include elements of traditional West African dance, step, and hip hop.
In 2016, Meghann was accepted to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts MFA Dance Program, through which she had the opportunity to perform in the central duet for a restaging of Paul Taylor's Promethean Fire, as well as in original works by Pam Pietro (Pro-ceed, Pro-gress, premiered at Jack Crystal Theatre in 2018) and Jim Martin (Global Snoring, premiered at Skirball Performing Arts Center in 2017). As a dance and technology student, she filmed and archived Tisch dance concerts and created her own short dance films, including You Can't Touch a Feeling with dancers Yasmin Schoenmann and Aaron Samuel Davis. For her thesis, she began work on a short dance documentary film exploring the relevance and resonance of Paul Taylor's Promethean Fire, along with artists' developing role within communities in crises. Meghann also premiered two choreographic works, Human Being Human and These Violent Delights, with the Second Avenue Dance Company in 2017 and 2018.
Meghann graduated from Tisch's Graduate Dance Program in the Spring of 2018, after which she worked as a freelance dancer, photographer, and filmmaker in the New York City area. She has had the opportunity to perform with Queens Ballet Center Company, under the direction of Tsai-Hsi Hung, as well as with choreographers Elisabetta Minutoli, Elisa Schreiber, Jasmine Domfort, and Kate Harpootlian. In the Spring of 2019, Meghann joined 277 Dance Project under the direction of Nicole Philippidis. Meghann also explores her passion and talent for the visual arts in her independent venture, MP Photography and Film, through which she creates dynamic, customized media content for national and international businesses, brands, dance companies, and professionals. Clientele include Peridance Capezio Center, From Artist to Artist, Valleto, VIVO ballet, T Spheres, Kanyok Arts Initiative, Living-Dance, Dardo Galletto Dance, and more. Since her recent transplant from New York to her home state of South Carolina, Meghann joined Moving Body Dance Company, as well as the faculty of Columbia College as an adjunct professor of dance.