Giselle Mejia

Cowles Center Teaching Artist: 2009-Present

First Year on the Cowles Center Roster: 2009
Arts in Education Programs: Workshops, Dance Without Barriers, Creations Residency
Style(s): Creative Movement, Latin Social Dance, Mexican Hat Dance, Jazz
Teaching Artist Philosophy: “My philosophy of dance education is grounded in the belief that sharing movement is to partake in the joy and complexities of life. I entrust students to find their own voice, in dynamic movement and discussion about dance, and to courageously reveal their self-identity and find their power.”

Giselle Mejia began learning traditional dances of Latin America from her father, the Puerto Rican “Salsa King,” and dances of the Caribbean at La Semana Culture Camp of Latino adopted youth in Minnesota. She continued her dance training at Larkin Dance Studio engaged in ballet, tap, jazz, character, and hip-hop styles. She earned her BFA from SUNY Purchase College in New York with a continued concentration on classical ballet and modern dance techniques. She has been privileged to travel to Spain, South America, China, Russia, South Africa, Egypt, and across the United States to perform at principal theaters and study with National Dance Companies, including Luna Negra Dance Theater of Chicago and world-renown technology driven dance company iLuminate, as see on “America’s Got Talent.” She hopes to inspire every student to continue the pursuit of dancing through life, each step forward.