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About Meagan O’Shea & Stand Up Dance™:
Meagan O’Shea has been leading and creating dance for all ages and stages for many years. In the summer of 2007 she initiated dance like no one is watching, a guerilla dance project on the streets of Toronto. Over the last five summers the project has evolved to include spontaneously choreographed dances created through shared improvisation practice and pre-set choreography a la flash mob.
Meagan O’Shea’s work fuses contemporary dance, improvisation and storytelling with visual spectacle to create innovative performances. Her innate playfulness, combined with a curiosity for content and a rigour in performance practice, generates work that is accessible and provocative.
Stand Up Dance™ creates innovative, exceptional, compelling work inspired by physical discovery, storytelling, theatre, clown and comedy. Examining ideas from unexpected angles and engaging audiences on multiple levels produces unique performances that are captivating, humourous, and intelligent. Clever in concept, Stand Up Dance™ works are at once entertaining and profound, intimate and expansive, playful and sincere.
Stand Up Dance™ supports the work of artist Meagan O’Shea through the creation, production, presentation, and dissemination of interdisciplinary performance and installation work. Collaborating with professional, emerging, and community artists, Stand Up Dance™ engages, entertains, challenges, and reflects local, national and international audiences.
Based in Toronto, Stand Up Dance™ also offers movement, improvisation, performance, and creation workshops.
“One of the city’s most engaging independent artists” – Toronto Star