The mission of Accumulation Dance is to create original work which expresses the human experience through dance and performance. Accumulation Dance is a partnership between artists Meghan McLyman and Kristen Duffy Young, which began in 2008. These dancers/choreographers were drawn together by their shared interests in somatic-based dance education, collaborative dance-making, and the investigation of the human spirit. Their current work is influenced by their identities as feminists and mothers.
Accumulation Dance has performed in residencies and concerts at the Boston Center for the Arts, Movement at the Mills, The Somatics Dance Conference and Performance Festival at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Dean College, The Southern Vermont Dance Festival, Green Street Studios, The Dance Complex, Salem State University, Salem Arts Festival, Trident Art Gallery, Hollins University, College of the Holy Cross, Goddard College, and Colleges of the Fenway.
MEGHAN MCLYMAN is a Professor of dance at Salem State University and the Chair of the Music and Dance Department. She has been instrumental in developing the dance program including the creation of the BA dance major. Salem State University recognized her passion for teaching with the 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award, an award received by only one full-time and one part-time faculty member within the University. She graduated with a BA in dance from Point Park University, received an MA in dance and arts management from American University, and an MFA from Hollins University in partnership with the American Dance Festival. Meghan has taught courses at various dance programs including The Colleges of the Fenway, The College of the Holy Cross, James Madison University, North Quincy High School, Green Street Studios, and Avery Ballet. She has held master classes at Moving Target Boston, Tufts University, MIT, Webster University, the American Dance Festival, the American College Dance Association, and at the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She is the co-director of Accumulation Dance and has received recognition for her work from the Somatic Conference and Performance Festival, Boston Center for the Arts, Crash Arts/World Music, Green Street Studios, the Somerville Arts Council, Concord Academy and at the American Dance Festival. Meghan has performed with The Caitlin Corbett Dance Company, 4 Square, The Falling Flight Project, Digby Dance, The Moving Laboratory, Flip Side Dance Theatre, Sister's Trousers, and with The Avery Ballet. She continues to develop her craft by immersing herself in various workshops, conferences, and master classes. She is the Vice-President of the Massachusetts Dance Education Organization, the state chapter under National Dance Education Organization, and is on the board of the American College Dance Association New England Region.
KRISTEN DUFFY YOUNG is the director of the Colleges of the Fenway Dance Project, a co-curricular dance ensemble with over 200 students from six Boston colleges. She founded the program 12 years ago and has choreographed more than 40 dances for its students. She is also an adjunct professor at Emmanuel College and Salem State University, where she teaches courses in dance technique and somatics. Kristen received an MFA in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College and a BA in dance and BBA in marketing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst/Five College Dance Program. She is also a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, which has grounded her teaching and choreographic work in somatic principles. She has instructed guest classes at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies program at Lesley University, The Longy School of Music, Fairfield University, the American Dance Festival, the American College Dance Association, Needham Public Schools, and various private studios throughout the Boston area. Her choreography has been presented at the Somatics Conference and Performance Festival, Southern Vermont Dance Festival, Boston Center for the Arts, Green Street Studios, and the Dance Complex. As a performer, Kristen has danced with Accumulation Dance, The Caitlin Corbett Dance Company, Bosoma Dance Company, Weber Dance, and Influx Dance. She is currently serving as the President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Dance Education Organization (MADEO).