Many guests have had the opportunity to dance alongside Busch Gardens’ Summer Nights Party Starters, but have you ever really gotten to know one?
Meagan Nagy, one of the Party Starters here at Busch Gardens, took a few minutes to tell us more about herself:
Q: How long have you been dancing?
A: I have been dancing for 11 years.
Q: What did you study in school?
A: I just graduated Magnum Cum Laude this past May from the University of Tampa with a BA in Performing Arts and a double minor in Applied Dance and Dance Theatre.
Q: How long have you worked at Busch Gardens?
A: I joined the Busch Gardens family last November in the show Christmas from the Heart!
Q: What dance experience did you have before getting hired at Busch Gardens?
A: Before going to college I worked with the professional dance companies "Popstarz" and "The Untouchables,” performing with artists such as B2K, Brooke Hogan, and Pit Bull. While in college I performed in numerous musicals, starred in UT's Spring Dance Concerts and even choreographed part of their student-run dance show "The Dance Happening.”
Q: What is the job of a Party Starter?
A: Basically, we get the party started all over the park by playing popular music and doing popular line dances. We get the guests hyped, excited, and up on their feet to dance. We help them throw all their inhibitions and insecurities away, and show them that at no matter what age they are they can bust a move and have a great time doing it!
Q: What is your favorite dance to get the crowd pumped up?
A: I am a big fan of the "Wop" and Miley Cyrus' "The Hoe Down, Showdown"
Q: Do you perform in any other shows at Busch Gardens?
A:I am a member of Busch Gardens first-ever Flash mob, and I also play Jane in Critter Castaways.
Q: What has been your favorite moment as a performer at Busch Gardens?
A: Just recently I received a letter from a parent stating that I made their child’s day. The little girl has leukemia, and I danced with her at one of the DJ booths, not knowing of her illness. Later that night, her father found me in the crowd to thank me for dancing with her daughter and not judging her because she was sick. Just to know I made a child smile made me feel so good inside. The little girl even sent me a card in the mail. I carry it with me now just as a reminder that I can make a difference in people lives.
Q: What advice would you give people who want to make performing a career?
A: Practice! Practice! Practice! Go into it giving 110%. This career is not easy, but it has so many rewards if you just give it your all.
Look for the Summer Nights Party Starters at the DJ booths in Jungala, SheiKra Plaza and Cheetah Hunt Plaza. Show them your best moves, and you may be chosen to participate in the Summer Nights Dance Challenge every Friday and Saturday night!