Megan West began her formal Cecchetti ballet training at the age of 10. Many recitals and competitions later, she was asked to attend the Central Indiana Dance Assemble in Indianapolis after her audition for their production of The Nutcracker. There, she began rigorous training in the art of Russian and Balanchine Ballet technique and Ailey-Horton Modern technique under world-renown faculty including: Suzann Siler DeLay, Svetlana Kravtsova, Richard Rein, Gregory Hancock, and Lise Hearn. Desiring to fit more dance classes into her schedule, she eventually began homeschooling through Indiana University's Online High School where she graduated early to pursue dance professionally. In 2007, she had a brief career with BalletMet as a professional trainee until an injury forced her to retire early.
Megan has danced as a soloist in many full-length ballets including The Nutcracker, Coppelia, and Cinderella while studying variations from Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and Don Quixote. She has received numerous awards at regional and national competitions including an invitation to dance at the International Ballet Competition in 2006.
She is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach dance under her first jazz teacher, Kari Neuhauser, at Dance Elite and to help the students achieve their full potential in the arts. Dance is a passion of hers that is best when shared.