Monique Haley (Springfield, VA) is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in performing arts, specializing in jazz dance. Monique completed nine memorable years with the Rivernorth Chicago Dance Company in 2010. Her final season with the company also marked the first opportunity to debut her first professional choreographic work, ”Uhuru,” which received many rave reviews. She has also been a member of the Bermuda Dance Company and the Eleone Dance Theater of Philadelphia.
Since then, Monique’s choreography has been featured in the honorable aids benefit, Dance for Life Chicago, an she has been a featured dancer in Dance Spirit Magazine, along with a choreography review of her work, “See(in) Me, and few small article comments that have been featured in Dance Magazine.
She has choreographed for such events as, the Danny Clark Foundation Annual Celebrity Gala, “Le Moulin Rouge, a Night in Paris”, to help raise money to promote advocacy, education, and outreach programs to those in need.
In Chicago and around the country, she keeps busy as a frequent substitute teacher for the Lou Conte Dance Studio and the Joffery modern classes, is on faculty as an Adv/Pro Contemporary Jazz teacher at Visceral Dance Center, choreographing for high school groups and professional companies, and traveling teaching master classes to all age groups into the collegiate and professional levels. Monique was the former dance captain/ensemble member, as well as associate choreographer along side the established musical theater director, Jim Corti for the Drury Lane Oakbrook Theater’s production of “Aida.” She was also the associate choreographer of the Paramount Theater Aurora’s inaugural production of, “My Fair Lady,” and also played “Mrs.Potiphar,” in the theaters proceeding production under the direction of Stacy Flaster, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Soon following, she was in the theaters musical production of ”HAIR,” under the direction of musical director/choreographer, Rachel Rockwell. Monique was also featured as “June” in the vaudeville musical, “Chicago”, in Door County’s Peninsula Players Theater in Wisconsin. She made a debut at the Marriot Theater Lincolnshire, in Illinois, as a featured dancer in the newly created Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical Revue, “Now and Forever.”
Monique has had the opportunity of choreographing for Ballet Nebraska, as well as a collaborative work with the Chicago based companies Muntu African Dance Company and Dance Works Chicago. Her most recent company work will be set on the Chicago Reparatory Ballet Company. She as also, created work on the Western Michigan University dance company; Western Dance Project, and her alma mater, University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, PA. Monique was a 2012 3Arts Award winner for her contribution in dance and choreography to the arts community of the city of Chicago. The 15,000 grand 3Arts grant is given to ten local artist of different expertise, no strings attached as a thank you and an honor, Monique is one of two first to receive this award in the category of dance/choreography, which was added last year.
Recently, Monique finished a 6 month contract as a featured Dancer and Ensemble member in the newly developed Disney musical, “The Jungle Book”, directed by the wonderful Mary Zimmerman and the Tony Award Winning Choreographer for the musical “Newsies,” Christopher Gattelli, which, debuted in the theater district in downtown Chicago, at the Goodman Theater this past June, and then finished it’s last leg of the run, at the Huntington Theater in Boston, MA in October.
Since wrapping things up with the Jungle Book, Monique has continued to teach/choreograph in the Chicago area, and has joined the staff of the new, Twilight Dance Convention, originated buy fellow UArts alumni, Robbie Murley. Twilight, has already had three highly successful conventions in Boston, Sacramento and Houston. You can catch Monique, and the experience of many other diverse, well known teachers of all genres, in upcoming Twilight Dance Convention’s later in the year.