Posting Date: March 15, 2013
Meet Megan Larkin: Dancer in the making
By Brittany Kell
Photo by Tracie L. Hinnant
Acworth native Megan Larkin was dancing before she could walk. Although she first began dancing because her older sister was also a dancer, it soon became her passion as well. In 2007, Megan attended Firespark!, a performing arts camp for high school students at Brenau University, and she knew then that dancing was something she had to pursue. “It was an awesome experience and I was excited to study different styles and genres of dance,” Megan recalls.
She continued her studies and performances with the Bravo Dance Center, where she met Kennesaw State alumna Courtney Bromwich (dance, 2010). At Bromwich’s suggestion, Megan attended the KSU Summer Intensive for Dance and fell in love with KSU and the Department of Dance. “Everyone is so artistic and passionate about dance and it inspires me to get out of my comfort zone,” Megan says. “I love being a part of a program that is always growing!”
Megan has grown at Kennesaw State as well. Now a sophomore, Megan earned a spot with the KSU Dance Company during her freshman year. She says that Reiko Kimura, instructor of dance and ballet mistress for the dance company, has had the biggest impact on her time at KSU so far. “She always pushes me and expects the most from me,” Megan explains. “She is very knowledgeable about ballet and she really invests a lot of time into each of her students.”
Megan has also trained extensively with Carolyn Perry, instructor of dance. “Megan is a very tenacious individual,” explains Perry. “She maintains and balances her dance, school, work and family with a persistent desire and value to succeed in all. I have taught Megan since she was 10 years old, and she remains the same dedicated and committed individual.”
Outside of school, Megan enjoys playing the piano and performing with gloATL, a professional contemporary dance company in Atlanta. She also enjoys being outdoors, doing just about anything.
After graduation, Megan would love to dance professionally on Broadway. In the meantime, she is excited to be a part of the dance company for another semester and to learn new choreography. For others pursuing a major in dance, she suggests, “Don’t give up. If you want it enough, work for it. It’s a lot of work, but if you want it, you can do it.”