The Star Late Edition

From dancer to doctor, Megan wants to know how the body works

- NONTOBEKO MTSHALI

NOT BEING able to attend school for most of her first term in Grade 12 because of a dance injury did not stop the vibrant Megan Merand.

She’d hurt her inner thigh and lower spine, and needed to spend several weeks in hospital, so she was only back at school full time from the second term.

Now the Sacred Heart Collage scholar is on her way to study medicine so she can learn more about the dancer’s tool of trade – the human body.

A school trip to a local clinic in rural Kwazulu-natal last year stirred a desire to become an aid doctor and work for organisati­ons like Doctors Without Borders, but she still wants to use her skills as a doctor to create health awareness within the dancing industry.

”They didn’t hide anything from us. They took us to a labour ward… and we saw everything. We also went to TB clinics,” she said.

Megan has already put the little knowledge she has on the human body to good use by teaching lower primary school children dance and movement classes – something she continued even during her recovery time.

As part of her community service work for Life Orientatio­n, Megan has been working with a school aftercare programme called Three2six, establishe­d to provide aftercare and school work assistance for children in the refugee community from surroundin­g primary schools.

This prompted Megan to start teaching Grade 1 and 2 pupils movement and dance classes – this in addition to a vigorous dance, sports and academic schedule.

Megan is also counted among the top academic achievers at her school. She passed with six distinctio­ns.

 ??  ?? TOPS: Megan Merand from Joburg’s Sacred Heart College.
TOPS: Megan Merand from Joburg’s Sacred Heart College.

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