Majors: Dance and Education, Communities & Organizations.
Megan Sellman grew up in the Northwest and trained at her local dance studio, alongside the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. During her time at the UW, she choreographed for the Dance Major's Concerts and INFLUX, served as the president of the Dance Student Association, worked as the Assistant for the Chamber Dance Company, and completed an honors research project connecting dance, education, and color guard, presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. She received the Department of Dance Scholarship and has been selected for the 2021 Husky 100.
What is one of your favorite moments from your time with the Department of Dance?
Something that I will miss dearly is the soft crackling of the tall Meany studio windows. There was a class a few years ago when the sun finally peeked out after many months of rain and Paul Moore decided to bring his electric guitar out for ballet. Dancing alongside my peers through the sun spots, accompanied by Paul's warm melody will always be one of my favorite and joyous memories.
Why did you choose to major in dance?
My freshman year I had no clue that I was going to pursue a degree in Dance (or Education for that matter) but I happened to take a modern class my first quarter, and it immediately felt like I belonged here. The more I lingered in the dance department hallways, the more I realized that this is where I should be investing my time.
I think it can be hard for some to jump into this major, considering the overwhelming emphasis on STEM and research in today's collegiate environment. It may feel like a risk to pursue a degree in the arts. And although that may be true, there are so many ways in which a degree in the arts is invaluable. The discipline, creativity, and collaboration that are required for this degree are skills you will use anywhere you go. Plus, it is VERY doable to double major, or minor in dance.
What are your goals for post-graduation?
I plan to continue teaching my color guard students, and pursue a career in dance and/or education. I am also thrilled to be assisting Hannah and the Chamber Dance Company this summer.