Meg grew up dancing at the Georgia Dance Conservatory in her hometown of Marietta, Georgia. She trained with GDC and performed as a company member of the Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre for fifteen devoted years. Meg then went on to continue her study of ballet, contemporary, jazz, and modern dance at Northwestern University, graduating in June of 2012 with a B.A. in Dance and a B.A. in International Studies.
Along with teaching classes and workshops around the greater Atlanta area, Meg has been a company member of Sideways Contemporary Dance Company, Graffiti Dancers, and Fuerta Dance Company. Her choreographic work has been featured by the New Movement Project and Atlanta's Dance Canvas. Meg is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Fuerta Dance Company, as well as the owner and Director of Druid Hills Dance Center.
Hailing from Franklin, Tennessee, Mati has had the opportunity, throughout her education in dance, to train all over the world with many dance companies, institutions, and festivals including NYU: Tisch School of the Arts, The American Ballet Theatre, The Radio City Rockettes, AbrahaminMotion, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The American Dance Festival, Florence Dance Company, and others.
Mati graduated Summa Cum Laude from Troy University in December 2016, obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. In addition to joining Fuerta Dance Company, Mati is a company member with Gotta Dance Contemporary and Underground Ballet. Mati also teaches in conjunction with choreographing at dance studios around the southeastern region as well as teaching Pure Barre in the Atlanta area. She is ecstatic to be in her first season with Fuerta.
Britt is an Atlanta based dance artist, choreographer and poet. Having danced for most of her, life she has trained extensively in multiple forms and is currently most interested in multi-disciplinary and fusion work. At her alma mater, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Britt was lucky enough to move with and be pushed by some incredible artists including Erika Randall, Donna Mejia, Michele Ellsworth, Gesel Mason and Rennie Harris. She also had the pleasure of working with a variety of guest artists including former Batsheva Dancer Uri Shaffir, Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser, Teena Marie Custer, and Paige Cunningham Caldarella. Each of these residencies resulted in performance in which Britt displayed technical control and prowess in a variety of forms. Britt graduated CU Boulder with BFA in Dance and a BA in English. Since moving to Atlanta she has continued to grow and perform with glo, SCRAP Performance Group, and Professional Bodies, as well as showing her own work.
As a Native New Yorker, Diarra began her Pre-Professional dance training in New York City at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. As a member of the Young Artist Program, she studied Graham Technique intensively under the direction of Oliver Tobin, Amelie Bernard, and Principle Dancer Tadej Brdnik, before moving to Atlanta for college in 2012.
Diarra graduated from Agnes Scott College, obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Dance. While at Agnes, Diarra continued to deepen and develop her love of Graham Technique under the direction of Bridget Roosa. She participated in collaborative projects with both Emory and Brenau University dancers, as well as participated in the American College Dance Festival annually. Diarra is currently a member of RAIIN Dance Theater, and is super excited to explore the dynamics of movement as a new addition to the Fuerta Dance family!
Jen is a hip-hop choreographer hailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Her dance career started with a co-ed dance troupe at Florida State University. Post graduation, she moved to Dallas, TX, to begin her professional choreographer career. It was there that she began teaching middle school students through the DEA Youth Dance Program. She then went on to teach at Dallas International School. Throughout her time in Texas, she was a part of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) to DFW Airport promotional tour, Choctaw Casino promotional tour, and RAW Dallas.
Since moving to Atlanta in 2016, she has been able to collaborate with local choreographers, as well as showcase her work at the Harlem Globetrotters pre-show. She continues to instruct various beginner, intermediate, and advanced training classes throughout the metro Atlanta area.