Megan Lawson is a whirlwind of passion, creativity and humor. She grew up studying tap, jazz, ballet, musical theater, contemporary and hip-hop in her hometown of Calgary, Alberta. In 2006, the young Canadian moved to Los Angeles and immersed herself in the dance scene. Megan became a member of the dance crew 'Fanny Pak' seen on America’s Best Dance Crew and since has been choreographing, performing, teaching and assisting in a variety of mediums. Megan’s style is a melting pot of her background in dance. This fusion allows her movement to be diverse, playful, and full of storytelling and musicality. Megan is the executive choreographer behind Madonna’s “Rebel Heart Tour”, and her other recent credits include LALA Land, KENZO, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Shania Twain, Ricky Martin, Golden Globes, Cirque Du Soleil.
Other Credits Include:
Missy Elliot, Primetime Emmy Awards, Ellen Degeneres, Grouplove, Nicki Minaj, David Guetta, Mobbed, Dancing with the Stars, Cirque Du Soleil, American Idol, Missy Elliott, Yelle, Natasha Beddingfield, Toni Braxton, MTV's Video Music Awards, Teen Vogue, Chipmunks 3, Honey 2, New Balance Athletics, LA Fashion week, So You Think You Can Dance, Ils Dansent and the Fanny Pak.
As Supervising Choreographer on the NBC hit reality television show "America's Got Talent", Chris worked to transform contestants weekly from rank amateurs to world-class entertainers. His choreography can also be seen on the FOX reality television show “Take Me Out”, "Soul Train Awards", and HBO series “Arli$$”. Renowned musical artists have also sought out Chris' signature moves, such as Prince, rap mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, and rock icons such as Jane's Addiction.
Training in Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop and Salsa, among other dance disciplines, has allowed Chris to perform as a dancer for Diana Ross, Janet Jackson, Kylie Minogue and Enrique Iglesias. He has danced at the Academy Awards, in the made-for-TV movie "Cinderella", in the cult classic film "Newsies" and in the Original Broadway Cast of Elton John and Tim Rice's "Aida". Through dance, Chris has had the privilege of working with notable directors such as Rob Reiner (Rumor Has It), Robert Zemeckis (A Christmas Carol), Tom Hanks (That Thing You Do), Chris Columbus (Rent) and John Landis (Pepsi).
Chris has enjoyed his time behind the camera as Associate Producer on the film "Sugar", co-producing and choreographing Daniel Bedingfield’s music video “Out Of My Head”, and as a producer and director for the web series "Does Your Mama Know".
Currently, he is developing TrueVisionEntertainment (TVE), his production company and sound stage facility located in downtown Los Angeles. TVE has quickly become sought out by clients such as Chris Brown, America’s Got Talent, Faith Evans, and Dancing with the Stars.
Chris continues to enjoy teaching dance around the world (Germany, France, Italy, Holland, Canada, Japan and throughout the Unites States), inspiring and motivating students of all ages and skill levels. Chris’ passion, talent, and creativity have always made him stand out and with the addition of TVE, the sky is the limit.
In collaboration with DanceHouse, Wang Ramirez company from France will be teaching a Contemporary Hip Hop Master Class $20. Created by choreographic duo Sébastien Ramirez—a former Red Bull BC One B-boy champ—and German-Korean Honji Wang, the gravity-defying five-dancer.
Class will be taught by Louis Becker from Berlin. Louis has a strong base in bboying and broadened his artistic expressions with contemporary dance, acrobatics and drama. Winner of an impressing number of battles, he is also part of different contemporary dance productions of Company Constanza Macras, touring internationally.
Louis (Lou-Ease) is one of the best-known B-Boys in Germany. He studied from 2004 to 2009 at Die Etage – the school of performing Art, Artist, Acrobat and has a decree of the Tanzzwiet Dance School Berlin Hip-Hop. From 2005 – 2013 he also participated at numerous battles in Europe and Asia and reached the first place with B-town Allstars at “Battle of the Year Germany”.
See Wang Ramirez Show: Borderline, At the Vancouver Playhouse on October 26 and 27.
In collaboration with DanceHouse, Akram Kham Company (UK) master class (strong intermediate level) Teacher Dennis Alamanos.
Workshop utline: Beginning with a warm-up developed through some of the aspects of Akram’s work, participants will be able to explore movement through exercises and tasks focusing on rhythm, speed, precision and clarity. The workshop will develop into learning phrases of movement from Chotto Desh, a piece from Akram Khan Company Repertoire.
Dionysios (Dennis) Alamanos first learned how to move from nature and animals. He began practicing martial arts at a young age and later trained in Hip-Hop. He studied at the State School of Dance in Athens and after graduating, he collaborated with Hellenic Dance Company (No more fairytales - Anton Lachky, Vertical Road - Akram Khan Company) and Cocoon Dance Company. Dionysios is currently touring with Chotto Desh and also choreographs work with Danae Dimitriadi that has been presented in Rotterdam and they most recently premiered their second piece ATMA in Bulgaria.
Embracing an artistic vision that both respects and challenges Indian kathak form and contemporary dance, Akram Khan has created a substantial body of critically acclaimed work that ranges from classical and modern solos to artist-to-artist collaborations and company productions.
Show: Chotto Desh November 21 – 24, 2018, 8pm + November 24, 2018, 2pm at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.