Good Business: Megan Preston, Awareness Through Dance
12 June 2014 - Impact Hub

Each fortnight, the Good Business column from Positive News catches up with people who are leading social change. It’s hosted by Impact Hub Islington, an incubation space in London for socially minded entrepreneurs.

Dance is one of the only international languages in the world, Megan Preston of Awareness Through Dance tells Nicola Slawson, so why not use it to inspire positive change?

Here’s an excerpt, you can read the full article here:

 

Nicola: Hi Megan, tell us about your business
Megan Preston: Awareness Through Dance is a not-for-profit that I founded two-and-a-half years ago. It takes performers to developing countries and uses dance as an engagement tool collaborating and working with different causes.
Can you tell us about your background as a dancer?
I went to ballet school at 16 and then went over to New York and trained in all different styles. Since I moved to London, I’ve been working freelance as a commercial and contemporary dancer. I teach at big dance studios such as Pineapple Dance Studios and am involved in various creative projects. I am very lucky to have found my passion at such a young age.
What made you want to set up a social enterprise?
I’ve been lucky to have travelled the world and have been exposed to poverty and communities different to the one I grew up in. These experiences have added to my overall sense of self-awareness. Professional dancers can get very focused on success and sometimes can lose the sense of who they are in the world, forgetting that there is more to life than getting the next audition. I wanted to try to provide eye-opening, meaningful experiences that have a positive impact on the communities that we work with.


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