Megan Walker-Straight – Dance for Parkinson's
Megan holds a BA in Dance from the University of California, Berkeley. She trained in the Hunter University of New York Masters program in Dance Therapy and at the Helix Institute for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Healing also in NYC.
Megan has been teaching contemporary dance since the 1980’s when she performed in the acclaimed New York City dance companies of Merce Cunningham, Lucinda Childs, Douglas Dunn and Kenneth King. She has since taught contemporary dance technique throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. Since 2000, she has been teaching contemporary dance in the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. In 2013 she was named a Cunningham Fellow by the Merce Cunningham Trust and has re-staged his dances in both NYC and Vancouver.
In 2015, Megan began her involvement with Dance for Parkinson’s and was awarded an Olie Westheimer Fellowship for research by the Brooklyn Parkinson’s Group and the Mark Morris Dance Group in New York. She presently teaches dance class for people living with Parkinson's disease in West Vancouver and Vancouver.