Meridith Szalay grew up on the beautiful north shore of eastern Long Island. She began dancing when she was 3 years old. She studied Ballet at Seiskaya Ballet Academy on Long Island, and with Maggie Black at Stony Brook University. Meridith graduated from The University of California, Santa Barbara with a BFA in Dance in 2002. She was awarded a full scholarship to American Dance Festival at Duke University that summer. The highlights of Meridith’s career include performing at Avery Fisher Hall, The Smithsonian in DC, The Theater for a New City, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Duke on 42nd St., The NYC Dance Parade, Randall’s Island, The Museum of the Moving Image, The Roy Arias Theater. Meridith performed at various venues throughout Europe while on tour with KRS-ONE in 2010. Meridith played the lead role of Downtown Julie Brown in The Biography Channel’s, “Celebrity Ghost Stories” this year and can be seen in the funny and educational web series, “Math Warriors”. In 2003 Meridith was a lead Bhangra dancer in the popular Bollywood film, Kal Ho Naa Ho. In January 1994 Meridith graced the cover of Newsweek magazine for the article, “Kids Growing up Scared, How Children are Robbed of Their Childhood”. She also appeared in Living Colour’s, “Cult of Personality” video for MTV. Meridith teaches dance at numerous schools in NYC, and Long Island: Ballet Hispanico, Wee Dance, The Bridge for Dance, Gelsey Kirkland Academy, Soul Arts Academy, Studio 3 and in New York City’s public schools through Ballet Hispanico’s Education and Outreach Program. Meridith has taken dance education courses through DEL, and is now a certified WonderDance™ instructor. She is thrilled to be teaching WonderDance™ Hip Hop at 92Y and hopes to inspire and bring joy to her students through the art of dance.