Monica is a performer and a choreographer with training in classical and world dance forms. She received a B.A in Dance from the University of New Mexico and has experience in Flamenco, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, various African diaspora dance styles, Tahitian, Belly Dance and Latin dance styles. She has taught and performed in United States and Brazil and traveled to Spain, Cuba, Brazil and Egypt and to study various folkloric dance styles. She has professionally performed Flamenco, Contemporary, Jazz, Tahitian, Haitian and Latin fusions. She is the creator of "Rose Garden" at the Colony Theater, Miami Beach, which is a collaboration of various women embodying sensuality through folkloric and contemporary dance. She has also taught and choreographed at social projects in Salvador, Bahia Brazil, Rio de Janeiro Brazil and Ouidah, Benin.
Most recently Monica has performed at Earthdance Miami 2011 along with the "After the Moonlight" video composed by Gabo. She has performed her work " Delta of Venus" at the Colony Theater and Inkub8 Performance Space in the Miami area. She is the creator of Venus Festival Miami, a festival honoring the romantic values of freedom in individuality, love and artistic expression. She has also performed at the Portas Abertas art festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
She currently is performing with the Goddess Dancers, a collective of female dancers and healers who through sacred movement, create ritual performances and workshops to raise consciousness of the female principle and the interconnection of all beings. Through indigenous ceremonial dance and healing rituals from around the world, they help others connect with the voice of the female principle. The Goddess Dancers hope to continue this organic tradition of sharing, healing and manifesting spirit through our bodies, channeling spirit and connecting with others.
Her most recent project is developing "Hope in Beauty", voices of women as they create and sustain culture through their artistic expression. Using folkloric art from around the world, women symbolize the vulnerability of culture and the hope of humanity as we respect and care for one another. Through the use of song, images and dance women are represented as nurturers and creators of world we live in.
Monica is available in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for teaching children and adults in;
Flamenco, Ballet, Jazz, Belly Dance, Latin or African diaspora dance styles.
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For Video projects and performances: http://www.youtube.com/user/Oshunlakshmi