Meghan K. Bowden Abadoo
Meghan K. Bowden Abadoo’s creative work exists at the crux of dance theater, racial justice organizing, and critical education studies. Combining Contemporary, West African, and Funk dance styles, her choreographies build platforms for shared dialogue in support of transformative social movements. In 2017, she will premiere a new work commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and begin touring her award-winning piece, Octavia’s Brood: Riding the Ox Home. She recently completed eight months of creative research in Dodowa, Ghana, where as a 2016 – 2017 Fulbright Fellow, she was in residence with the Noyam African Dance Institute, and the National Dance Company of Ghana.
As an educator, Ms. Abadoo is sought out for her keen ability to facilitate group learning as unique communities of shared wisdom and embodied knowledge. She’s worked with students as a guest artist at several universities. She is also a public school teaching artist, working with students and teachers to integrate and expand dance and arts education inside and outside of dance studios.
Since putting down roots in Prince George’s County in 2010, she has established herself as a locally engaged artist. In 2017, she was a NextLOOK artist-in-residence with Joe’s Movement Emporium. She was also a dialogue facilitator with University of Maryland’s Intergroup Dialogue, Words of Engagement Program, and is currently a local “Undoing Racism” workshop Trainer in Training with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. In 2016, she co-led the establishment of Organizing Artists for Change. She received her MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland and BFA in Dance Education from the University of the Arts. She loves to draw with loose ink and fountain pens and compose contact improvisation duets with her daughter in the comfort of their living room.