Megan Brandel earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Modern Dance choreography and performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2005, graduating with distinction as a Van Ek scholar. She has also trained extensively in tap, jazz, ballet, and Integrated Dance, studied Elementary and Special Education, and is a certified yoga instructor.
Megan has performed professionally with Idaho Dance Theatre, 3rd Law Dance/Theater (CO), Speaking of Dance (CO), and the University of Colorado Legacies project. As a part of the Legacies project, Megan was honored to dance the choreography of Martha Graham and Trisha Brown and perform in New York City. Her own choreography was featured at the American College Dance Festival in March 2005. Megan has also choreographed for University of Colorado Opera, Eagle Performing Arts Center, Balance Dance Company, and Open Arms Dance Project.
In 2006, Megan became a Yoga Alliance certified Hatha yoga instructor through the Shoshoni Mountain Ashram in Rollinsville, CO. She has also attended workshops in Integrative Yoga Theraputics with Bo Forbes and meditation at the Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes, CO.
In addition to teaching yoga, creative movement, modern dance, and choreographing, Megan is strongly committed to reaching populations not typically involved in dance. In 2009, funded by a grant from the Boise City Department of Arts and History, she founded Open Arms Dance Project. To enrich her teaching of dancers with disabilities, Megan has trained in Brain-Compatible Dance Education with Anne Green Gilbert (2012), Integrated Dance with Jurg Koch (2013), and the Dance for Parkinson's Disease program (2014). Funded by Idaho Parents Unlimited/ VSA Idaho's Creative Access Arts Programming, Megan also teaches dance classes in and around Boise, Idaho for children and adults with disabilities.