Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Mónica Muñoz 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.
Mónica 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 are "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 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, Alabama.
Most recently, Mónica 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 nonprofit that gives free dance education to underserved youth. She also teaches at Ballet Theatre of Carmel.
Mónica has been a part of the Anderson University dance faculty since 2014.
Professor of Ballet, Pointe, Character
BA, Butler University