Monica Hogan Danceworks
The Moving Beauty Series proudly presents:
Monica Hogan Danceworks
Monica Hogan Danceworks performs in The Series on Thursday March 5th, 2015.
Monica Hogan Danceworks perform works that draw on inherent themes of the human experience, reimagining archetypal relationships through explorative composition. With a unique stylistic virtuosity that blends Monica’s backgrounds in modern, contemporary, ballet, jazz, and theater, the company is known for performing with a clarity of vision and musicality that communicates through athletic and intentional movement. Monica Hogan Danceworks cultivates collaboration by integrating dance performance with alternative digital and artistic media. The company aims to unite dance artists of diverse backgrounds, allowing their unique experiences to contribute to the creative process and commit the distinctiveness of their own artistic voices to the movement.
The selection of works being presented in The Series represent an excellent cross-section of the diverse repertoire of Monica Hogan Danceworks, highlighting the company’s refined sense of movement detail. Each of these pieces explores, honors, and celebrates the complexity and intimacy of human relationships in a unique way.
Monica is a professional choreographer, teacher, and dancer based in New York City. As the artistic director of her company, she has presented choreography on stages internationally including: Ailey Citigroup Theater, DUMBO Dance Festival, Dixon Place, Actor’s Fund Arts Center, NY Jazz Choreography Project, Queens Council on the Arts, CoolNY Dance Festival (NYC); Xuzhou Concert Hall, Tianjin Concert Hall (China); Triangle Dance Festival for AIDS (NC); and Jazz on Tap (GA), to name a few. Monica teaches advanced/intermediate contemporary and jazz classes throughout the New York area, including Peridance Capezio Center. She and her company have held numerous artist-in-residence masterclasses and discussion panels for the Duke University Dance Program. Monica has performed professionally with companies including Gaspard&Dancers, De Funes Dance Company, BalaSole Dance Company, Phyzix Urban Dance Theatre, and more. On screen, Monica has performed in music videos for artists including Delta Rae and Vienna Teng and in work for AdCouncil and The College Board. In 2011, she was a choreographer and dancer in the opening ceremonies of the Universiade Olympic Games in Shenzhen, China. She serves the greater dance community as Marketing Director for National Choreography Month (NACHMO). She was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, where she trained at numerous studios including the Georgia Ballet and Atlanta Ballet. Monica graduated with distinction in Dance Choreography and Performance from Duke University, where she was the winner of the Louis Sudler Prize in the Creative and Performing Arts. While there, Monica had the opportunity to learn from workshops with artists/companies including Alonzo King’s LINES, Nederlands Dans Theater, Alvin Ailey, Chunky Move, Mark Dendy, David Dorfman, Donald Byrd, Shen Wei, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and more. Her performance repertory there included Twyla Tharp’s Eight Jelly Rolls and Torelli, along with countless works by acclaimed dance faculty. Monica’s choreography has appeared on national and international stages, and she has directed three of her own annual productions of Heartwork, a series integrating dance with alternative digital media.
Courtney is a founding artist of Monica Hogan Danceworks. A versatile professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher grounded in proficient ballet technique, she completed her training at the Cincinnati Ballet and San Francisco Ballet on merit scholarships and attended summer programs at the School of American Ballet, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Courtney has worked with acclaimed choreographers including John Neumeier, Victor Plotnikov, Stephen Mills, and Victoria Morgan. She has performed work by Val Caniparoli, Septime Webre, Lew Christensen, George Balanchine, and Petipa. Courtney is an experienced ballet teacher who has taught nationally and internationally for the past eight years. Her choreographic works are unique fusions of classical and contemporary dance that are accessible to all audiences. Courtney was sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to choreograph, teach, and perform in China. She also received the Service Opportunities in Leadership (SOL) Grant to develop and implement a dance intervention for children exposed to domestic violence. Courtney is a Benenson Awards in the Arts Scholar and an RYT-200 certified yoga instructor. She graduated with distinction from Duke University with degrees in Psychology and Business. Courtney is the Company Manager and Rehearsal Director of Monica Hogan Danceworks.
Chloé began her dance training at Pasadena Dance Theatre, studying primarily classical and contemporary ballet techniques, as well as jazz, hip-hop, and modern dance. She attended Pasadena Dance Theatre and Alonzo King LINES Ballet summer intensives while in high school. Chloe continued dancing at Princeton University where she received her degrees in Sociology, African American Studies, and Dance. At Princeton she performed works by Bill T. Jones (set by Stuart Singer), George Balanchine (set by Heather Watts), and Jessica Lang (set by Kani Segawa and staged by Clifton Brown). She danced in Princeton’s BodyHype Dance Company and served as Artistic Director of Princeton University Ballet. Chloé is a founding artist of Monica Hogan Danceworks.
Eimile first began studying dance in the outskirts of Richmond, VA, later leading her to pursue and receive her BFA in Dance Performance from East Carolina University. While in college, Eimile had the opportunity to work with artists such as Doug Varone, John Magnus, John Dixon, Galina Panova, and Jennifer Archibald, and with companies such as David Dorfman Dance and River North Dance Chicago. Eimile’s additional training includes institutions such as ABT, Richmond Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet. In 2011, Eimile co-directed a collaborative initiative in Richmond, VA, creating and producing intensive workshops and evening length shows including “Unwritten” performed at Richmond’s Dogtown Dance Theater. In 2013, Eimile’s choreography was chosen as a finalist in Inaside Dance Chicago’s CSE, where she and her dancers traveled and performed her work “Martyr”. Eimile currently dances with Cat Cogliandro (CATastrophe! Dance Co), Michael Susten and Company, and De Funes Dance Company, and works with Joffrey Ballet School as an employee of their residence life. Eimile is a founding artist of and excited to be dancing with Monica Hogan Danceworks!
Gretchen is originally from Newtown, Connecticut, where she began her dance training at Dance Etc. School of the Performing Arts. Gretchen graduated from Princeton University, where she studied Molecular Biology and Dance. During her time at Princeton, Gretchen had the privilege of working with choreographers such as Susan Marshall and Tina Fehlandt and performing works by Merce Cunningham (set by Silas Reiner), Bill T Jones (set by Leah Cox and Stuart Singer), Adam Barruch, Jill Johnson, Zvi Gotheiner, and Rebecca Lazier. She was also an active member of BodyHype Dance Company in college, choreographing numerous pieces and serving as Artistic Director for two years. Gretchen currently dances with Yael Nachajon Dance Company and has performed with Holly Heidt and dancers. Gretchen is a founding of Monica Hogan Danceworksand is beyond excited to be dancing with the company!
Christen began formal dance training in her home state of North Carolina, where she also received a BFA in Dance Performance from East Carolina University. Christen has had the honor of working with artists in residency such as Mark Haim, Jennifer Archibald, and David Dorfman, as well as companies such as River North Dance Chicago and David Dorfman Dance. She has had the opportunity to work exclusively with artists such as Justin Mann in his evening length work, Breaking Silence, and is currently a member of Dirty Soles Dance and works with Cat Cogliandro on several projects, including music videos and live performances. Christen performed a self-choreographed solo as a member of BalaSole Dance Company in the winter concert Idioms. Her choreography has also been presented in Jersey City, at the American College Dance Festival, and in the J. Chen Translate series at the Dixon Place. Christen is excited to be dancing for Monica Hogan Danceworks!
Emily is an avid dancer and choreographer from Atlanta, Georgia. She is a senior undergraduate at Princeton University, where she is pursuing degrees in International Relations, Political Economy, and Dance. Through Princeton’s Dance Program, she has had the opportunity to perform repertory by Bill T. Jones (staged by Stuart Singer), Zvi Gotheiner, Merce Cunningham (staged by Silas Riener), Brian Brooks, Jessica Lang, and Pam Tanowitz. She serves as the artistic director of BodyHype Dance Company, and she has choreographed musicals including Aida, Children of Eden, Drowsy Chaperone, Sweeney Todd, and Sweet Charity. She is currently directing her own dance thesis production. For this production, Emily is a contributing guest choreographer.