Throughout our lives, some of us meet people who make us just stop in our tracks and listen to their amazing stories. One such person is Byron-Bergen High School student Meghan Johnson. Meghan is a junior and has been doing something that she loves for the past 10 years – Irish Dancing. It all started after she attended an Irish Dance workshop at a ballet studio and was hooked from that point on.
Meghan currently dances six days per week at the Young School of Irish Dance in Rochester and has traveled to many places and performed at many events and competitions. During Thanksgiving break, at the Regional competition in Philadelphia, she placed 14th which qualified her to participate in the World Irish dancing competition in London this past April. She performed in three rounds, and out of 267 in her 17 year old age group, Meghan finished in the top 100 from the world dancers who entered which is quite an achievement for a young lady from Bergen!
Meghan stated that it was a very rewarding experience and came back with many stories to share. She is the daughter of Ira and Gina Johnson. While they were in London, Meghan and her parents enjoyed seeing Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus (which is similar to our Times Square), and Hyde Park (which spans 27 miles).
A national competition is coming up in Montreal during the month of July and Meghan is already qualified. Not only is Meghan committed to her dance, she also does well in school where she is a member of the swim team and Mock Trial team. Her college plans include attending law school to become a criminal lawyer.
Confucius says, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Similar to this saying, Meghan has dedicated a great deal of time and effort in dance, but to her it is not work – it is a labor of love that brings her much joy.
Featured photo caption: Megan Johnson, at the 2014 World Irish Dancing Championships in London.