Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Monica trained with Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, dancing roles in Serenade, Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia, Don Quixote and Les Sylphides among others. In 2002, she had the honor to participate and perform in the X Curso International de la Danza in El Escohal, Spain, led by Alicia Alonso and master teachers of the National Ballet of Cuba. In 2005, she joined Milwaukee Ballet II performing in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Swan Lake and Kathryn Posin’s Scheherazade.
Monica later joined the Louisville Ballet, under the direction of Bruce Simpson and Helen Starr. While with the company, she enjoyed performing in a diverse repertoire including Raymonda, Andre Prokovsky’s The Great Gatsby, Lila York’s Celts, Graham Lustig’s Between Stillness, Val Caniparoli’s Vivace, Alun Jones’ Cinderella, and Adam Houghland’s CoW Virtues. Among her favorite roles include “Rum & Coca Cola”, in Paul Taylor’s Company B, “Arabian” in Val Caniparoli’s The Nutcracker and “Dew Drop” in Michelle Jarvis’ Waltz of the Flowers.
Monica earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in dance pedagogy from Butler University. She has taught and choreographed at Bluegrass Youth Ballet, Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble, and the Blue Grass State International Dance Festival. In 2009, her choreography for the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble Vals de la Mar was chosen to perform at the SERBA festival in Montgomery, Ala.
Most recently Monica worked as faculty, and guest choreographer with Central Indiana Academy of Dance, and as assistant guest choreographer for Harvard University’s Ballet Company. She is currently associate director to Kids Dance Outreach, an Indianapolis based non-profit that gives free dance education to underserved youth. Monica also teaches at Ballet Theatre of Carmel.
She has been a part of the Anderson University dance faculty since 2014.
B.A., Butler University
Ballet, pointe, character