Meggi Sweeney Smith, a performer and educator, currently lives in NYC. She has performed solo roles for companies including CorbinDances, Nellie van Bommel, Cohen/Suzeau, and internationally for the New York Baroque Dance Company. She also dances for the Sokolow Dance/Theater Ensemble performing Anna Sokolow’s 1965 piece Odes as part of the project Sounds of Sokolow. Meggi was part of the original cast for Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater’s The Spring to Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps and has performed works by the Intercultural Arts Dialogue, José Limón, Wally Cardona, Kate Skarpetowska, Patrick Corbin, William Whitener and more.
Meggi began dancing in her local studio in Carrollton, Missouri at the age of ten and attended the Missouri Fine Arts Academy in 2001. She continued on to earn her BFA with highest honors in dance and music minor from the University of Kansas. While there she received the Undergraduate Research Award for her work in the field of dance history, as well as the School of Fine Arts Collaborative Initiative Award and an honorable mention for the Sara and Mary Edwards Paretsky Award for Creativity.
In addition to her continued training in the field of modern dance and performances of its fusion with various world forms, her interest in historic dance has taken her into the world of Baroque and Commedia dell’Arte where she taught at the Middlebury Bach Festival, Movement and Notation Workshops at the Mark Morris Dance Center, Roving Classical Commedia University, New Jersey City University, and Southern Illinois University on the relationship between music and dance. This past semester Meggi served as a teaching assistant at Bard College for their modern dance classes and works in partnership with the New York Live Arts Education Department. She assisted with Yasuko Yukosi’s dance residency in Chicago to create BELL premiering in 2013 incorporating both contemporary dance and traditional Japanese Kabuki Theater. Meggi constantly finds joy and beauty in the connections between the various dance periods and forms.
Photo: Karli Cadel