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Megan Glynn

Apr7Those who haven’t seen dance instructor Megan Glynn on campus yet are about to start seeing her everywhere. This year—her first at CMU—she choreographed Legally Blonde: The Musical, developed a fast-paced tap number for the spring dance concert and signed on to direct one of this summer’s Mesa Repertory Theatre (MRT) shows. Initially brought to CMU as a visiting instructor, Glynn also applied for a full-time, tenure track position between her other responsibilities. She was hired into the position last month.

“It’s been a busy year,” she said.

Glynn is a California native who grew up involved in dance and theatre. She received a bachelor’s degree in dance from Chapman University and obtained her master’s from the University of California-Irvine. This is the first time Glynn has lived outside of her home state. She was drawn to CMU because of its ongoing development and the size of the dance program.

“I love that I know all of my students personally. I know where they’re from, and their injuries. I know what they’re like outside of class, I know where to find them when they’re not showing up. As a student, I always liked smaller programs because of the one-on-one attention, and as an instructor, I feel like I have greater success when I have more time to spend with them,” Glynn said.
This summer, she will direct Stories from the Southwest, the MRT’s children’s show, which touches on cultural aspects of life in this region. “It really gives character to aspects of nature” Glynn said. “People play [everything from] Mother Earth to the wind to the prairie dog. … There isn’t any dance, but there’s a lot of physical movement as they play these creatures, which makes it really accessible for children.”

Her choreography work can be seen in a tap dance piece which closes the upcoming Spring into Dance. “We’ve got some phenomenal tappers and they don’t get an opportunity to perform a lot,” said Glynn. “[The piece features] 13 women and it’s to “Smooth Criminal” by Michael Jackson. It is crazy fast, incredibly athletic and they’re working really hard. I’m really excited.”

Spring into Dance runs April 25–26 in Robinson Theatre. The MRT season runs June 12—29. Visit coloradomesa.edu/theatre/performances.html for tickets and showtimes. •

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