Morgyn Davis

Morgyn Davis

Morgyn Davis is passionate about education and is a qualified Early Childhood Teacher.  She is determined, community-focused, and a strong advocate for the causes she believes in, which explains her role working for Trade Union as an organiser for Early Childhood Educators.

Her passion surfaced early when she managed to convince her sister’s dance teacher to let her start classes at the age of three, when normally a child had to be four years old to start.

Find out more about Morgyn through her answers to our Q&A below.

Tell us about your early dance journey?  Where did you start and what did you do as a child?

I started dancing ballet when I was three with Christine Durkin Academy of Dance. I still remember the starting age was four, but my older sister Rhiannon was already dancing and I had massive FOMO. I still remember the phone call from Mrs Durkin asking if I would like to come along to ballet. I was so excited and felt like such a VIP for being able to start early 😂

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What is your earliest memory of dance?

Being a Jack in the Box in Mary Poppins- I was about six or seven, and my box came apart from all the jumping. When I got a chance I began manically repairing it from the inside, which probably looked hilarious from the audience. I still remember Mrs Durkin coming up to me at the end of the show giving me a big hug and congratulating me on getting through it. That was my first lesson that “the show must go on!”

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Where have you trained and who were your teachers as a dancer?

Christine Durkin from the age of three to about 23. Then Karen Johnston at Tenison College of Dance for a couple of years. I moved to London for two years and continued ballet classes while I lived there, but took a break once I returned to Adelaide until joining Move Through Life in 2019. I have always danced in some way, whether in dance subjects at school, school aerobics competitions, ballet or just on the dance floor.

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What have been some standout moments/achievements you’ve had with dance?

Winning the state championship in our school aerobics team was pretty stand out. I was the team captain and we’d put so much effort into getting the school to back us. They put a lot of emphasis on supporting team sports and they weren’t really interested in dance, but it was great to help to change that!

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Have you performed in a Fringe show before? If so, tell us about it

I performed in a Flash Mob with my mum and sister years ago! We did a performance in the Garden of Unearthly Delights, Rundle Mall and in the Artists Bar. It was a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to getting to be part of the Fringe again.

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What is your favourite thing about dance?

The routine of going each week, even when I’m feeling super lazy I always feel better after going to class or rehearsal. I also love the social aspect and the excellent people that you meet through dance.

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What is your favourite thing about performing?

The feeling of having worked hard to learn something and sense of achievement when it all comes together on stage.

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What dance styles are you most drawn to?

Ballet and anything with structure. Also freestyle on the dance floor.

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What do you prefer – class, rehearsal, or performance, and why?

I prefer rehearsal because I love learning, practicing and fine tuning choreography.

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What are your top three favourite dance movies?

Centre Stage, Save the Last Dance, and West Side Story to balance out the cheesiness.

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Who are some of your favourite dancers or choreographers?

Michael Jackson- as controversial as that is! I still remember watching one of his concerts on TV as a kid and being so amazed.

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What for you is the most challenging and most rewarding aspect of dance?

Performing is both a challenge and the most rewarding aspect! It’s nerve-racking but also feels like a great accomplishment.

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What training or practice do you do at home?

A bit of yoga and rehearsing our performance pieces.

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What are your dance goals, dreams, or aspirations?

Just to keep getting enjoyment from dance.

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How many times a week do you dance? And what are they (eg class, rehearsals, where, with who?)

I do class and rehearsal once a week at Move Through Life.

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Who inspires you (they can be dance or not dance related)

My Nan, she did ballet and was also a dressmaker, so she was always making costumes for me and my sisters for our concerts and competitions. I’m looking forward to her being able to see me on stage again!

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What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received (again, it doesn’t have to be dance-related)

The universe never gives you more than you can handle.

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What keeps you motivated when you are tired, discouraged, or down?

Music. Seeing friends, my family and being around happy people, especially my nephew!

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Why did you decide to audition for the MTL Performing Company?

For the challenge. I haven’t performed for years and wanted to push myself!

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How did you hear about Move Through Life?

Through a dance friend

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What is your favourite thing about being part of the MTL Performing Company?

How down to earth everyone is. There is a range of ability and experience but everyone supports each other and it feels like a team.

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What always makes you laugh?

British comedies like the IT Crowd and the Mighty Boosh. Also my nephew!

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What hobbies do you have outside of dance?

Keeping my indoor plants alive! Going to bands- now that we can start doing that again! I like being around friends and family whenever I can.

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What is your ‘day job’? (could be working, studying, volunteering etc)

I work for a Trade Union as an organiser for Early Childhood Educators. I’m a qualified Early Childhood Teacher and education is a passion of mine.

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Describe your personality in three (or so) words

Determined, community-focused, advocate