Meet Our Neighbours – On Stage Dance Studio

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On Stage Dance Studio – 172 Ontario Street, Stratford, Ontario.


There is no doubt in the minds of Stratford’s many business entrepreneurs that this generous community has been the perfect place to open up their business, and allow them to follow their dreams. Meghan Seaman, Owner and Artistic Director of On Stage Dance Studio located on Ontario Street, is proof of just that.


“I’m living my dream,” says Meghan. “I’m so privileged to enjoy going to work every day! I’ve been dancing my entire life and I never have to stop. How cool is that?”


It is clear from her work in the community and her great accomplishments at such a young age that Meghan’s passion for dance and working with children runs through her blood. Teaching the perfect combination of high-calibre dance and positivity, Meghan has lead her students to success, and many of her students have gone on to study with The National Ballet of Canada, The Alberta School of Ballet, The Stratford Festival, and York University among many others! Meghan also organized and choreographed what is Stratford’s most well-known flashmob, in which she and her dancers shared their joy of dance to over 65,000 viewers on YouTube. However, Meghan’s dance studio is much more than a place of work; rather she sees it more of a “dance” family.


When I opened the studio,” Meghan explains, “having a supportive, nurturing place for kids to explore dance was really important to me. I’m so happy to see that the studio has developed into a place where kids can be themselves, express themselves and feel safe.


Not only has Meghan become a role model for her students and youth throughout Stratford, she has also become a tremendous contributor and supporter in her community. On Stage Dance Studio has offered a scholarship program to dancers, has been the main financial sponsor of the ‘Teen Esteem’ and ‘Elements’ programs, has donated and volunteered time to local causes such as Optimism Place and, among countless other involvements, runs On Stage’s Community Performance Company, a performance group that dances at local fundraisers and events.


Meghan has also been heavily recognized for her business and her contributions for the community winning “Stratford’s Favourite Dance Studio” in multiple years, and has just recently won the “Young Entrepreneur” award at this year’s Stratford Business Excellence Awards. Her competitive dance team has competed across North America, and her dancers have been recognized with multiple accolades for their performances.


Meghan, who is now in her 8th year of owning the business, enjoys looking back at how it all started and reminisces about what she wrote in her journal when she was in the first grade – a journal that her family still treasures.


“When I grow up,” Meghan’s journal reads. “I want to be a dance teacher.”


Credit: Stratford Gazette, May 16, 2013

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