Monica Proenca

Monica Proença was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her dance studies began in Brazil at an early age and her talents allowed her to continue her dance education in the United States. After attending the San Francisco School of the Arts she returned to Brazil to begin her professional career. Monica has worked in many international dance companies such as Bale De Brasilia directed by Gisele Santoro, Deeply Rooted Productions directed by Kevin Iega Jeff and Gary Abbot and Don Lavy Dance Company directed by Samuel Don Lavy. She has also had the pleasure of working in many independent productions with world renowned choreographers such as Carlos Vilan (Spain), Vera Timashova (Russia), Irene Schneider (Germany) and John Ottman (Canada). Operas and Ballets such as Orpheus and Eurydice, Jesus Christ Superstar Giselle and Swan Lake are part of her extensive resume. Monica continues her collaboration with Science Friction Productions (directed by Shannon Moreno and Farley Johansson).

Most recently her choreography has been awarded in Canada, France and Australia and performed by BallettAufTakt (Germany). Monica returns to Brazil yearly as a guest teacher, dancer, adjudicator and choreographer in Brasilia's acclaimed International Dance Seminar. She currently calls Vancouver, Canada her home where she continues to teach and perform. As a teacher and choreographer in Ballet, Modern and Contemporary she conducts her career with passion, strength and elegant technique uniquely combined with her own Brazilian flair.

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