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Megan Jenkins (Judge)

is a dance educator & studio owner currently residing in Redlands, California. She began her dance training at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts and earned her B.F.A in dance performance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, training extensively in ballet, pointe, and modern techniques with further experience in jazz and hip hop forms. She hails from small town Wisconsin where she lived, worked, and studied in Minneapolis prior to moving to California.

In the span of her performance career, Megan danced in various full-length balleproductions, traveled the world as a company member and rehearsal director for The P.GK. Dance Project, served as Cultural Envoy for the United States government in both Kazakhstan & Belize, was a founding member of the brown paper bag dance company, and guested with Opus Mixtus Post-Jazz Ensemble.


She was privileged enough to perform in Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story, founder of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Lin Huai-min’s, Crossing the Black Water, and Paul Taylor’s Lost Found Lost. Her education/career led to work with other nationally and internationally renowned choreographers, including—but not limited to—Doug Elkins, Shouze Ma, Paula Mann, Scott Rink, Bill Young, Danny Buraczeski,, Linda Talcott Lee, and Peter G. Kalivas.


Megan achieved ABD status at UC-Riverside where she was pursuing a PhD in Critical Dance Studies—her dissertation project focused specifically on the racial and political economy of hip hop dance practices’ mass consumption. Switching gears mid-research, Megan is now a proud owner of de•fine/ dance space, a nationally recognized recreational and competitive dance studio in Riverside, CA where she is the director of ballet and a choreographer. She is currently certified in Sugarfoot Therapy, MuvMethod Stretch, and recently obtained her Level 3 certification in Progressing Ballet Technique©. She is fascinated by dance science, safe training practices, and balancing artistry with athleticism while building up strong, courageous, & kind young humans.

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