Meredith Lyons is a dancer, educator, choreographer, and administrator that hails from New York. As an artist, she has presented work nationally and internationally, and has been a faculty member, guest artist, visiting choreographer, and administrator in private, public, collegiate and K-12 performing arts organizations across the nation teaching Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz and Pilates. Most recently, Meredith served with the US Peace Corps as a Dance Professor and Dance Educator Trainer in the Eastern Caribbean country of Dominica, focusing on dance as a vehicle for global and social exchange. Previous appointments and guest positions include: Assistant Director of Bates Dance Festival, Bates College, Colby College, Colorado Mesa University, Connecticut College, Dominica State College, Dickinson College, Franklin and Marshall College, Mercyhurst University, Montgomery County Community College, Ohio University, Providence College, Southern Maine Community College, Springfield College, and Ursinus College. International choreographic commissions and tours include: Austria, Czech-Republic, Dominica, Dominican Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, Jamaica, Malta, Puerto Rico, Spain, and Turkey. She has presented her research on improvisation, collaborative authorship, accessibility and access in dance education at conferences: International Association of Dance Medicine and Science in Helsinki, Finland, Dance Studies Association at the University of Malta and Rutgers Mason Gross School of Dance, Society of Dance History Scholars/Congress of Research and Dance in Athens, Greece, and the National Dance Educators Organization in both Miami and Washington, DC. Currently, Meredith serves as a representative on the Advocacy Committee of the National Dance Educators Organization. Meredith holds an MFA in Dance Choreography from Smith College, a BA in Dance Pedagogy from Mercyhurst University, and is a Jean McNulty Wyatt Scholarship Recipient for her PhD in Dance Studies from Texas Woman’s University. Meredith continues to travel nationally and internationally as a master teacher and guest artist. She is a newcomer to the Santa Barbara dance community, and has been on dance faculty at the Oakley Ballet and ME Sabor Dance Studio. She is very excited to be joining the team at State Street Ballet and Gustafson Dance!