|Dancing Queen: Through Talent Rock, Megan Glover may have found a shortcut to doing what she loves|
|Patti Sells | News-Telegram Feature Editor|
Oct. 1, 2006 - Local teen talent Megan Glover will be hip-hopping her way across stages in Florida and Las Vegas in December after marketing her dance skills through Talent Rock, a new way for aspiring models, actors, dancers, singers and comedians to "get exposure and get discovered."
Megan, the 17-year-old daughter of Jeremy and Michelle Skaggs of Sulphur Springs, and Paul Glover of Addison, learned about Talent Rock on the Internet. After applying and being accepted she was one of only five finalists out of hundreds to make it through the difficult try-outs and move on to competitions in both Florida and Las Vegas.
"I knew she had a chance," said her mother Michelle. "This is all she has ever wanted to do. And she's really good at it."
Right away, Michelle recognized that her daughter loved to dance. At age 3, she enrolled her at Ardis Center of Performing Arts where she took classes for 10 years in jazz, tap, ballet and point.
"But hip hop is her thing," Michelle said. "She watches MTV constantly. Anything they can do, she can do. She picks it up just like that."
For the dance portion of the competition, participants were taught a short, three counts of eight routine in a large group of dancers. Later, they were narrowed down into smaller groups, and then selected individuals were required to perform alone.
"They were basically seeing how quick we could pick up the steps," explained Megan, who said she decided to go through the auditions because she wanted to see if she could take her talent further than hometown recitals. "I was stunned that I made it. But I've always just loved to dance."
According to Michelle, her daughter has always been a quick study. She recalled getting her daughter a dance step video for Christmas one year.
"She had the entire tape mastered by the next day," recalled Michelle.
When Megan was in the fourth grade talent show at Travis Elementary School, other students teamed up for skits and routines. Michelle said Megan shocked teachers and students with her step-by-step solo performance to the NSYNC hit, "Bye, Bye, Bye."
At 13, Megan left Ardis Center of Performing Art and sought further instruction with Megan Rascoe of the Centre of Dance at Sulphur Springs Gymnastics and Cheer, who told her she had the talent to do whatever she wanted to do in the dance world.
"She gave us some names and numbers of people to get in touch with," explained Michelle, who said that also prompted Megan to get on the Internet and search out avenues to further her dance career.
Talent Rock is a three-day talent search competition that awards more than $100,000 in cash and prizes, such as cars, scholarships and contracts.
"Megan has wanted to attend Juilliard since she was old enough to know what Juilliard is," said her mother.
As a finalist, Megan will perform on stage in front of more than 100 top entertainment professionals with representatives from record companies, modeling agencies and the movie industry.
Not only are these events a good way for artists to be seen, they are equally beneficial to the entertainment industry because it gives them a new outlet for discovering the stars of tomorrow. Aspiring performers no longer have to spend valuable time and money sending out demos and pictures to every agency they can find. All they have to do now is attend one of these events and give it all they have when it’s their turn to perform.
Megan's first competition with Talent Rock will take place in Florida Dec. 4-6. The second will take place later that month at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., with MTV's Damien Fahey as the host.
Both events include a one-day dance workshop. In Vegas the workshop will be taught by Chris Judd, the ex-husband of Jennifer Lopez, according to Megan, followed by a second day of dance training by Emmy-nominated dance choreographer Glenn Douglas Packard. On the third day, the dance competition takes place in front of music video casting agents, dance companies, "Teen" magazine and the casting crew for the Disney Channel.
"We're following her dream," said Michelle. "Callbacks could be numerous, or there could be none. I believe in her and I believe in her talent. I'm behind her all the way and we'll go as far as her dancing takes her. "
Megan is a sophomore homeschooled through classes of Texas Tech University. She has two little sisters, Mikala and Hannah who attend schools in Sulphur Springs. She is the granddaughter of Jerry and Dianne Gillispie of Sulphur Springs, Lyndon Glover of Austin, and Sharon Kohlbrecken of Destin, Fla., and Jerry and Patsy Skaggs of Alba.