Denise Churchward - Physiotherapist
Megan Nicko - Dance Teacher
Megan Berlint-Nicko began dancing at the age of 2.5. She received her early training in the Cecchetti method under the tutelage of Karen Alwin. Megan trained with Marin Ballet in San Rafael, CA under Margaret Swarthout, and Nutmeg Conservatory with Sharon Dante. Megan danced with The Performer’s Ballet and Jazz Company under Lynn Cox, The New Mexico Ballet Company under David Chavez, as well as Ballet Theatre of NM. For these companies, Megan has danced leading roles, including The Nutcracker, Petrushka, Carmina Burana, Jungle Book, The Red Shoes, Christmas Carol, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rite of Spring, Dracula, Cinderella, Carmen, and Sleeping Beauty. Megan started her teaching career at the age of 15 and has taught for a number of studios in New Mexico, including Lana’s School of Dance, Ballet Theatre of NM, New Mexico Ballet Company, Alwin’s School of the Dance, Fishback's, The Performer's Ballet and Jazz Company, and Magnify Dance Center. Megan is the Founder/Director of SiSu Dance Academy and the Director for Progressing Ballet Techniques (PBT), USA division. She teaches Ballet, Pre-Pointe, Foot Focus, Pointe, Cecchetti, Jazz, PBT Classes/Workshops, and is a freelance coach and Choreographer. She is invited as a Guest Teacher around the USA and Canada. Megan’s choreography has been featured in studio recitals, competitions, and several productions. Megan is a Qualified Licentiate Member of the Cecchetti Council of America and holds her Teachers Certification for Grades I-Intermediate, as well as her student certifications. Megan was awarded the "Jane Caryl Miller Scholarship" for the CCATC 2017. Megan is currently working toward her Advanced Teacher exam. Megan started PBT in 2013 and traveled to Sydney Australia in 2014 and trained directly with Marie Walton-Mahon on the PBT program. Megan is the Director of PBT USA. She has traveled and trained many teachers around the USA and Canada on the PBT Program. Megan trained in physiotherapy techniques with Lisa Howell, Physiotherapist and Owner of the Ballet Blog. Megan is passionate about teaching dancers how to train safely along with emphasizing the love and dedication to the art. She is married and has two children.
I have used Lisa’s work in my teaching knowledge since 2015. I have become a more knowledgeable and wise teacher due to Lisa’s expertise.