dance. vision. art.
Originally from Chester, Pennsylvania, dance educator Monique Newton Walker has traveled the world as a performer, educator, and choreographer. She specializes in neo-traditional and contemporary African dance and culture; and has studied ballet, jazz, African, and modern from many dance masters and institutions including Katherine Dunham, Walter Nicks, Jean-Léon Destiné, Philadanco!, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Dr. Chuck Davis, and Dr. Kariamu Welsh. She is the former dance captain and Assistant to the Artistic Director of Baba Chuck Davis' African American Dance Ensemble, with additional performance credits including: Kariamu and Company: Traditions, world premier choreography by David Dorfman at the American Dance Festival, and Soul In Motion.
Currently based in the metro Washington, DC area, Monique is a 2018-2019 NextLOOK Residency Artist, the Administrative Director for the Charles County Arts Alliance, and a certified Master Teacher of Umfundalai contemporary African dance technique. She teaches Umfundalai at CityDance’s School & Conservatory and DREAM programs and has also taught at: Drexel University, North Carolina State University, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater’s 45 degrees project. Her choreography has been presented at the North Carolina Dance Festival, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Dance Place, and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Monique continues her mission to use dance, music, and theater as a vehicle for the preservation, promotion, and innovation of African Diasporan dance and culture through her work as the Director of Administration for the Organization of Umfundalai Teachers and a choreographer with her project-based performance company, MoDance Works.