Featured Artist: Megan Boeding

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POSING FOR THE CAMERA, senior Megan Boeding pauses in a position called tendu croise devant, a technical dance term. She incorporates her love of dance into her senior pictures which were taken downtown. photo courtesy of Megan Boeding

Olivia Kilby, editor-in-chief

Dancing is one of the one of the many types of art that allows someone to express themselves. Senior Megan Boeding has been dancing since she was five years old.

At a young age, Boeding told her mom about her interest in being a K-State Classy Cat or a Kapaun Mt. Carmel pommie. Her mom enrolled her into dance classes and Boeding has been dancing ever since. Although she started dancing at five-years-old, her passion and dedication for the art expanded at the age of 13, and she started taking dance more seriously.

“Dance has given me a safe place to forget about the day, my homework and other activities, and just have fun with my friends,” Boeding said. “It is a place without judgment where I can express myself.”

Although there are countless styles of dance, Boeding’s favorite is jazz.

“Jazz is a more fast paced and broader style of dance,” Boeding said. “I could have a flowy, sassy routine or a sharp, powerful routine.”

Boeding is currently on KKMCs pom squad, along with Senior G-Force team and Senior Dance Theater for Young People (DTYP) at her studio, Kansas Dance Academy. Boeding dances three times a week at her studio, three times a week for the LMC pommie dance team, and a three hour practice on Saturday.

Although practicing so much can be difficult, she believes it is essential to the art.

“Dance can be difficult because the art is truly about practicing,” Boeding said. “New skills can take weeks to months to master, but with practice it quickens the process.”

With a total of about 11 hours of practicing a week, Boeding manages her time wisely.

“I use my calendar on my phone and a planner; I have also learned that communication is key,” Boeding said. “My schedule is very full, so I have learned to communicate with my advisors and coaches.”

Boeding has also made memories with friends through dance. She enjoys watching performances from backstage with her friends, company dinners, and attending summer camp.

Senior Lily Zagula has been dancing with Boeding for five years.

“Megan’s creativity and work ethic makes her art stand out,” said Zagula. “She isn’t afraid to take on something out of her comfort zone, and she always challenges herself.”

Senior Chloe Schoehofer also dances with Boeding on the KMC pommie team.

“Megan is the most optimistic person I know,” Shoehofer said. “She is always finding the positive in everything and never stops working hard for what she believes in.”

Boeding’s work ethic has provided her with multiple awards including: All-American team and All-American, Spirit, and Showmanship ribbons at National Dance Alliance Camp, along with Judges’ Choice of the overall Competition at Dance Makers, Inc.

Boeding recognizes the people who have inspired her artwork.

“My parents are my biggest inspirations for everything because they have put so much time into helping me, and all I want to do is make them proud,” Boeding said.

She also gives credit to her many instructors.

“They spend countless hours picking out costumes, music, and styles, plus more choreographing and teaching the dances,” said Boeding.

With college just around the corner, Boeding is interested in trying out for a collegiate dance team in order to continue her dance career.

For people who are interested in dancing, Boeding expresses some words of encouragement: “Dance helps you express your feelings, strengthens you, helps your flexibility, and makes you more coordinated, Boeding said. “Plus, there are classes for everyone, from 3-year-olds to adults, you are never too young or old to try something.”