We are so delighted to share a very special woman with all of you today! This week’s #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY is the indescribable Megan Lawson. Originally hailing from Calgary, Alberta, this exceptional girl moved to Los Angeles in 2006 and has been making her mark there ever since! Megan’s quirky personality and raw authenticity are what truly make her so amazing. She allows her uniqueness to shine and she openly shares her realness with the world. On top of all that, Megan is unquestionably talented and she continues to pursue and cultivate her passion through various roles as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher.
Megan is a boss and her unique artistry has had a major influence in the entertainment industry. When Megan first moved to Los Angeles, she became a member of the dance crew “Fanny Pak” seen on America’s Best Dance Crew. Since then, Megan has worked with many artists including Missy Elliot, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Shania Twain, Toni Braxton, Yelle, and Ricky Martin. You can also see her in the film LA LA LAND, and she’s choreographed for KENZO, Nike, Teen Vogue, New Balance Athletics, Golden Globes, LA Fashion Week, So You Think You Can Dance, and Cirque Du Soleil. Most recently, she was the executive choreographer for Madonna’s “Rebel Heart Tour”. Talk about inspiring! These days you can find Megan at her regular class at Movement Lifestyle, performing with her girls the Seaweed Sisters, or in hot yoga with a few Eucalyptus towels at the ready.
What we love most about Megan is how her style of movement is a fusion of her technical training and creative humour. She encourages all of us to honour our eccentricity by valuing the things about ourselves that make us different. Megan isn’t afraid to be rare and her confidence is a product of her commitment to stay true to herself. We admire Megan’s playful spirit and candid honesty, and she has a beautiful, light-hearted energy that always make her so great to be around. Megan reminds us to love who we are, feel comfortable in our skin and motivate other women to do the same. Thank you Megan for inspiring us to appreciate and be proud of our individuality!
How did you discover your passion for dance?
The discovery of my passion didn't happen all at once like suddenly uncovering buried treasure. For me, it was more like building a fire, starting with a spark of curiosity that needed to be tended to. That initial flame came when I saw dance onstage for the first time. The music, the feeling, the combination of performance and creativity made me want to try my hand at it...jazz hand. :) I borrowed some stretchy gear and Capezio boots from my cousin and signed up at my local studio. The spark was lit, and then kindled with years of hard work and exploration. I'm continuing to stoke this little fire of mine every day. Burn baby burn.
You have a really rocking group of girlfriends that you get to work alongside often. Can you tell us about your female friendships in the industry?
Facts! I’m very proud to be surrounded by such strong talented females in the industry. I’m thankful to be alive in a time when women are actively engaged in supporting one another and sweeping aside stereotypes and inequalities. Personally, I find the best part about friendship is keeping it real, celebrating each other's victories and actively listening when things aren't going so hot. Find a tribe that matches your vibe. I’m grateful to be surrounded by women who inspire me and give it to me straight, from Madonna to my Seaweed Sisters.
What do you consider the greatest challenge females face and what do you believe we can do to overcome that?
I think the greatest challenge for females is to be their authentic selves. We live in a world and a work place where women feel like they need to look a certain way, dress a certain way, act and dance in such way to be successful or loved. In actuality the sexiest thing about men and women is living and moving with authentic confidence. My physique never fit in to the ‘body conscious’ roles that I auditioned for when I first moved to LA. In fact it only made me increasingly self-conscious and insecure about my body. I feel so damn lucky that I found and chose a path that gives me the freedom to be myself. Don't give up the quest to feel comfortable in your own skin and respect all others by giving them the right to do you the same.
What is the advice you'd give to your 10-year old self?
Meg Magoo. Enjoy being 10!
You're not chubby, you're beautiful and healthy.
Material things do not define you.
Learn a new language.
Be kind to everyone.
Keep asking questions.
Be gentle with yourself.
I love you.
What's your definition of a YGTGirl?
She is indefinable by any acronym or sentence. She is her own unique voice and the rest is history(herstory).