Senior Spotlight: Megan Witte

Posted on May 2nd, 2020 by

The “Senior Spotlight” series honors graduating fine arts majors for their contributions to the Gustavus community. 

Megan Witte is a dance honors major and theatre minor from Cloquet, Minn. Next fall her main job will be teaching at Shooting Stars Dance working with the performing arts company as an instructor and choreographer. Visiting Assistant Professor in Dance Jill Patterson says as a dancer Megan is a choreographer’s dream, always up for a new challenge, while still remembering the importance of laughter for the soul. “Megan has developed into a stunningly smart artist, and it has been a joy to witness.” Patterson says. “She has a fierce sense of knowing who she is, and that shines through when she performs; her stage presence is second to none.”

We asked Megan to give us a little insight into her time at Gustavus and how she’s continuing to pursue dance while living off-campus.

What will you miss most about dance at Gustavus?
MW: I am going to miss the wonderful community of artists and friends that I have met while in the department and the incredible professors who have helped me get to where I am.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to high school students considering Gustavus?
MW: Gustavus has made me realize how good it feels to be unapologetically me. You will find who you are and what you are about, and you will be nourished on that journey.

When considering Gustavus, you need to know you will be coming into a community of movers and shakers. Never be afraid to try everything, because being involved in many things is what makes Gustavus so special.

How are you continuing your dance education in your new surroundings?
MW: Currently, I am working on my Dance Honors project, which will now be seen through the means of dance for camera. I have been in the process of scouting locations to dance in (while social distancing of course), as well as working through the choreography I already had to fit my evolved project.

Can you tell us a story about what it has been like to dance at home?
MW: I taught my mom a modern dance warm up for the first time ever!

What do you look forward to most about life after Gustavus?
MW: After Gustavus, I am most looking forward to sharing my passion with my students as a competitive dance coach. I would also like to take more time to explore my craft by finding more opportunities as a choreographer and performer.

What professor has had the biggest impact on you and why?
MW: The ever-lovely Jill Patterson has definitely made an impact on my education at Gustavus. Her strength, commitment, and graceful attitude has taught me to work hard, as well as helped me to give myself grace in who I am as a dancer. It is one of my goals in life to become as great of a dance educator as she is.

 


One Comment

  1. Lonna Witte says:

    We are very proud of Megan looking forward to see what you will do with your talents.

    Love Mom and Dad