Monique I. Jones, MFADirector of Operations
Monique I. Jones is a native of Kansas City, MO, where she began her dance training as a classical ballerina (on scholarship) at DanceWorks Conservatory in Kansas and the Kansas City Middle School of the Arts. In middle school she began dancing as a company member with the K.C. District Dance Theater and was accepted into the first K.C. Friends of Alvin Ailey Camp. Her technical training landed her acceptance into Paseo Academy of the Arts High School, where she received her “Arts Certificate” in dance, and also won full scholarships to Gus Giordano Dance in Illinois, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York. She was a dance protégé under Tony Award Winning Choreographer Lenni Wylliams, at the University Missouri-Kansas City. While in high school, she participated in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Debutante Ball and was awarded the “Most Outstanding Achievement” award which was applied to her undergraduate studies through the AKA “Links” Scholars. She later attended the University of Iowa, where she received her B.A. degrees in both Dance and Journalism. She also was a company dancer with the University of Iowa’s Black Genesis Dance Theater from 1996-1998 and later served as their Artistic Director from 1998-2000.
Monique later moved to Arizona where she worked as Administrative Assistant at Scottsdale Community College under the Dean of Students Dr. Virgina Stahl. She also taught dances classes throughout Tempe, Mesa and Phoenix, AZ and in 2004 won the F.I.B.C.O Fellowship Honor for her outstanding work in the community. Monique also danced with the Movement Source Dance Company, and served as Director of Dance for St. Mary’s Catholic High School. Her dance style and unique sense of kinestheic awareness involved teaching at Tempe Dance Academy and for the prestigious Scottsdale Dance Academy where she taught jazz classes. In 2006, as a fellowship recipient of the USA Access to Education, she became the first African-American woman to receive a Master of Fine Arts degree (in Dance) from Arizona State University; where she taught college dance classes.
Moving to Jacksonville, FL, Monique spent 7 years working with a non-profit organization teaching literacy skills through dance movement to at risk children throughout Duval County. Additionally, she served as Dance Director for the St. Johns Cultural Arts Council in St. Augustine and has choreographed dances all over the United States. In 2009 she won best choreography for her work “Heart Beat” from the American Dance Project and later opened up her own dance studio entitled MI Dance Conservatory, where she taught inspiring dancers for the past 5 years. Relocating to Columbia, Monique has served as World Dance Professor for Stephens College and choreographed for the Columbia Entertainment Company. This is her third year with Missouri Contemporary Ballet, where she also teaches dance classes for the School of MCB.