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 along with co-founder Laura Chevalier. These dancers/choreographers were drawn together by their shared interests in somatic-based dance education, collaborative dance-making, and the investigation of the human experience. Their current work is influenced by their identities as mothers and somatic approach to choreography. Accumulation 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, 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 an Associate Professor of Dance at Salem State University in Salem, MA. 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. 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 is a board member of the American College Dance Association and the President of the Massachusetts Dance Education Organization where she facilitates conversations and events around teaching dance. Meghan also dances the role of Anna with her four year old daughter Karley, a.k.a. Elsa.

KRISTEN DUFFY YOUNG is an Adjunct Faculty member at Emmanuel College and has served as Director of the Colleges of the Fenway Dance Project in Boston, MA for the past 10 years. She is a graduate of the MFA Interdisciplinary Arts program at Goddard College and a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in NY. She also holds a BA in Dance and BBA in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is a certified Mat Pilates Instructor. Prior to Accumulation Dance, Kristen performed with Bosoma Dance Company, Weber Dance, Influx Dance, and The Turnpike Project/Julie Pike Edmond. She has instructed classes at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies program at Lesley University, The Longy School of Music, Fairfield University, Salem State College, the American Dance Festival, the American College Dance Association, and Needham Public Schools. She is Vice President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Dance Education Organization and a former board member of the Boston Dance Alliance. Kristen holds regular dance parties in her basement with her husband and children Taylor (9), Sydney (6) and Cole (3).