Megan (House) Horst began dancing at the age of six, training under professional dancer Sue Champion in Kentucky. After moving to Indiana at the age of 12, Megan continued studying classical ballet (Checcetti method) and pointe through her sophomore year of college at Wabash Valley Dance Theatre, and the Academy of The Fort Wayne Ballet. She founded Eagle Wings Dance Academy, and taught for 5 years before moving to Lynchburg. After attending Ballet Magnificat’s summer intensive she had even more of a desire to use her passion for sharing the love of Christ through dance.
After transferring to Liberty University, Megan completed a B.S. in Communications with a specialization in print journalism while at the same time training at Assemble’ Dance Studio, dancing in their Company, and teaching ballet classes at Under the Son Academy. Knowing that she had a passion for dance, writing, and ministry, Megan decided to continue teaching dance at both Under the Son Academy and Dance Theatre of Lynchburg, while pursuing a seminary degree. In 2013 she graduated with an M.A. in Theological Studies from Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary, and aside from teaching classical ballet and pointe classes, she founded Ecclesia Dance Company — an evangelism team which travels both locally and in North Carolina, sharing the gospel through dance.
After partnering with other ministries for many years, Megan and her husband decided to open Ecclesia School of the Arts downtown Lynchburg in 2017, with the desire to offer quality dance, art, and music education in a Christ-centered environment. Megan currently serves as the director, ballet and pointe instructor, and company choreographer. Although she has dabbled in other genres of dance, classical ballet has always been her love. She has been dancing for 25 years and teaching for 16.
Aside from dance, Megan has pursued her writing career part-time as the managing editor of the Magnum Opus Magazine, and has published three books — Passage to Freedom, Journalism Basics, and Bailey Ballerina and her First Ballet Class. She has published more than 60 articles in magazines, including Lynchburg Living, Central Virginia Family Guide, Magnum Opus Magazine, Lynchburg’s Business Magazine (LB), and One Mission Society (OMS)’s magazine and website. She loves using her journalism skills to write original ballets each year to be performed by ESA students and staff. Some of the most recent ballets she has written include “The Prodigal Son,” “Hiding Place, the story of Corrie ten Boom,” “Joseph,” “Yahweh,” “Deliver Us, a Ballet of the Exodus,” and “BROKEN.”
Megan is currently continuing her dance education by working on a teaching certification from International Dance Teaching Standards (IDTS).