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Celebrate Dance 2011 Virtual Season: Sophie Monat Profile

by Jamie Nichols
December 14, 2010
Glendale, CA

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This article is part of Celebrate Dance's 2011 virtual season: a series of related articles leading up to their live performance.
Sophie Monat was born in London, England, and began her professional career in Europe where she danced with the Lille Opera Ballet in France and the National Ballet of Portugal. Following eight years as Ballet Mistress to the New Jersey Ballet, she served as Director of the Classical/Contemporary Dance Department at the Orange County High School of the Arts, and was also Ballet Mistress to the State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara. Ms. Monat is currently a member of the full time faculty at California State University Long Beach Department of Dance, where she teaches, directs and choreographs for the department's dance concerts. Ms. Monat also guest teaches extensively and has taught company class for ODC/San Francisco, the Lyon Opera Ballet, the Hartford Ballet, and Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet. She has taught, choreographed, and staged a wide range of classical and contemporary ballets for ballet companies, dance festivals, professional schools, and universities throughout the U.S., including Stanford University, Scripps College, Loyola Marymount University, UC Irvine, and Montclair State University, New Jersey. A three time recipient of the finalist award at the McCallum Theatre's Dance Under The Stars Choreography Festival in Palm Desert, Ms Monat founded her own contemporary dance company Monat Dance, in 2009. This will be Monat Dance's debut with Celebrate Dance at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California on Saturday, March 12, 2011 8:00pm. http://www.monatdance.com

Executive Producer Jamie Nichols presents CELEBRATE DANCE 2011 with a line-up of eight extraordinary dance companies celebrating contemporary, modern, ballet and jazz dance. CELEBRATE DANCE 2011 is a delicious mixture of compelling new works, premiers and Los Angeles debuts. Eight dance companies sizzling with poetic lyricism, dazzling moves, contagious vitality and jaw-dropping physicality. One stage! One night only! CELEBRATE DANCE was awarded the Lester Horton Award for Outstanding Achievement for Festival 2007, 2008, 2009 and participants have received Lester Horton Dance Awards from performing in the annual event presented by "impresaria" Jamie Nichols.

Jovan Dansberry and Amanda Copple of Monat Dance

Jovan Dansberry and Amanda Copple of Monat Dance

Photo © & courtesy of Rose Eichenbaum

Jovan Dansberry and Amanda Copple of Monat Dance

Jovan Dansberry and Amanda Copple of Monat Dance

Photo © & courtesy of Rose Eichenbaum

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