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Meghan Durham is a dance artist, choreographer, educator, and advocate. She is the founder and artistic director of Meghan Durham/Merge Dance, an independent dance company that fosters creativity, collaboration, and community through movement. From 1999-2003, Meghan was co-founder and creative director of Paradigm Dance Project, an arts organization that provides access to dance for emerging artists and underserved populations. Meghan has choreographed, performed, and taught nationally, and her independent and collaborative work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Eccles Foundation, the Philadelphia Foundation, and the Painted Bride Art Center, among others. She was recently named a 2007-2008 Dance Artist for the nEW Festival, supporting the creation and production of original work. Meghan is also a recent participant in Dance Advance’s professional development initiative/ artists’ exchange program attending the 2007 DA:NS Festival in Singapore, administered by the Pew Charitable Trust. Meghan performs with Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre in Philadelphia, and has performed previously with Mixed Metaphor Movement, Workshop for Potential Movement, Dance South Repertory, and diverse independent choreographers. Meghan has held dance faculty positions at Ohio State University, Princeton University, Temple University, the University of Utah, Westminster College, Repertory Dance Theater’s Community School, the Virginia Tanner Creative Dance Program, COSM