Megan Wood-Hill

Principal Ballet Teacher and Choreographer

Megan is the Principal Ballet Teacher with Ovation Performance Company. Since 2010, Megan’s former ballet students have been accepted into full-time dance programs with the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), The WA Conservatoire of Classical Ballet, Dynamic Performing Arts (Perth), Terry Simpson Studios (Adelaide), and The Australian Ballet School (Melbourne).

Megan grew up in Karratha passionate about dance. Over the years she has developed her dance career alongside a career in market research, branding and advertising. This 15 year qualitative consumer research chapter in Perth and Melbourne and several years of overseas residence and travel throughout Asia and Europe provides a rich underbelly to Megan’s choreographic exploration of cultural identity and the human psyche.

Megan has worked as a performer in South Korea, Japan and Australia. She studied traditional Japanese dance for 12 months under the tuition of Yokobori San in Kanagawa Ken Japan.

She independently established Ovation Performance Company in Karratha in 2010 and qualified as a registered Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) ballet teacher in October 2013. She continues to have a strong relationship with her mentor, RAD Examiner Suzanne Arrigo.

The Ovation youth performance ensemble performs at several local events and festivals each year including FeNaCLing Festival and Red Earth Arts Festival.

Megan choreographed, Heat, for Michael Leslie’s Spin FX Youth Festival in October 2010 in Roebourne, WA. Megan was supported by Ausdance WA’s Regional Professional Development Fund to participate in the Regional Dance-makers Choreographic Lab in 2012.

Ovation Performance Company became a partnership with Leah Nagy in January 2012.

In 2013 Megan was commissioned by the Shire of Roebourne to direct and co-choreograph (with Leah Nagy) the Ovation youth ensemble for Headline Act, Mad Hatter, for Red Earth Arts Festival.

In 2014, Megan won the WA Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth or Community Dance for her production Men of The Red Earth. The full-length work was an Ausdance WA Future Landings community dance project produced for Roebourne Shire’s Red Earth Arts Festival in 2013. Working with mentor Jacob Lehrer, the work was performed by a group of all male miners and tradesmen exploring what it means to be a man living and working in the Pilbara.

In 2014 Megan was commissioned by the newly formed City of Karratha to perform a choreographic response to a visual artwork entitled “Landscape of the Mind” by indigenous artist Denise V Brown for the Cossack Art Awards Opening Night. She also produced two interactive performance installations for 2014 Red Earth Arts Festival (Lizards and The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party). She also choreographed a One Act Ballet inspired by Baz Lurhman’s movie ‘Australia’ for the Ovation annual performance.

Funded by Ausdance WA’s Continuing Momentum, Megan is currently conducting a choreographic research phase within a site-specific context. A showing and critical response is scheduled for March 2015.