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AMDA Faculty since: 2019
Monika Smith is a professional choreographer, movement coach and dancer. Choreography credits include music videos with artists FINNEAS O'Connell, Samm Henshaw, Citizen Queen, and Adam Melchor, and feature film The Relationtrip. Commercial credits include advertisements for Nike/Jordan, Fabletics, Sift Science, ADAY and MeYou London. Her dance credits include Michael Jackson's Lip Sync Battle Live Tribute (Paramount Network), music videos with artists such as Meghan Trainor, Jeremih, Jay Rock and Elle King, and dancing at the Staples Center as a member of the WNBA Sparks Crew.
Her stage work has been nominated for "Outstanding Choreography," "Best Choreography," and was awarded "Outstanding Production" at the National Youth Theatre Awards and the JRAY Awards. Monika is currently the Co-Director for Willdabeast and Janelle Ginestra-Adams & MaryAnn Chavez's contemporary company, IMMAbreathe. Monika's choreography fuses both technical contemporary and hip-hop vibes, that plays with shape, texture and musicality, while grounding her choreography with technical elements.