Megan Cranney graduated summa cum laude with a B.F.A. in dance from Utah Valley University and is a current faculty member for Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University’s Dance Department. Her teaching repertoire includes jazz, contemporary, modern, and conditioning for dancers. She has been part of national award-winning competitive dance teams and has received individual recognition for solo performances including a national titleholder for New York City Dance Alliance. She danced in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics medals plaza ceremonies and was a featured dancer in the opening cast of One Man’s Dream II for Tokyo Disneyland. She is also a part of the Cirque de Soleil database for contemporary and hip-hop dancers. Throughout her dance training and career she has had the brilliant opportunity to perform in the choreographic works of Omar and Jennifer Olivas, Wilson Dominques, Mike Esperanza, Jason Parson, Charlotte Boyd Christensen, Bonnie Story, Derryl Yeager, Jason Celaya, Alex Magno, Amy Markgraf-Jacobson, Angela Banchero-Kellar, Doris Trujillo, Joey Dowling, Dee Caspary, Ray Leaper, Tavaris Wilson, Andy Blankenbuehler, Dave Carter, Justin Giles, Liz Imperio and Michelle Assaf.
As a young dancer, she dealt with an eating disorder for over 10 years and encountered multiple injuries. After years of studying dance, health, strength training, and nutrition, she became certified in personal training with International Sports Science Association, Sports and Conditioning Specialist, Foam Rolling: Principles and Practices, and Zumba. She started her own health and wellness company “The Artistic Athlete” to help teach and inform dancers on how to prevent injuries, work efficiently with their bodies and expand their capacities as an artist, performer, and athlete. She continues to develop and research methods of training in order to condition dancers to become artistic, technical and physically balanced performers. Megan is passionate about performing, her students and most of all, being a wife and mother of three vivacious little boys. www.theartisticathlete.com