Monique Haley

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Monique Haley
Assistant Professor
(269) 387-5842
3119 Dalton Center, Mail Stop 5417
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Department of Dance
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5417

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. Haley completed nine memorable years with the prestigious River North Chicago Dance Company in 2010. Her final season with the company also marked the opportunity to debut her first professional choreographic work Uhuru. She has also been a member of the Bermuda Dance Company and the Eleone Dance Theater of Philadelphia.

During her time in Chicago, Haley was a frequent teacher for the Lou Conte Dance Studio, the Visceral Dance Center, the Joffrey Academy of Dance Trainee Program; and the North Shore School of Dance. She has taught at the River North Chicago and Inaside Dance Company Summer Intensives, and choreographed for high school groups, college dancers, and professional companies. She was also a part of the Twilight Dance Convention in Boston, Sacramento and Houston.

Haley was the former dance captain/ensemble member, as well as associate choreographer, alongside 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” where she also played “Mrs.Potiphar”, in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” under the direction of Stacey Flaster and performed in “HAIR”, under the direction of musical director/choreographer, Rachel Rockwell. Haley was also featured as “June” in the vaudeville musical "Chicago" in Door County’s Peninsula Players Theater in Wisconsin. She was a featured dancer in the newly-created Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical Revue "Now and Forever" at the Marriott Theater Lincolnshire, in Illinois. She continued to perform at this venue in such productions as “On the Town”, “The King and I”, and “La Cage aux Folles”. Haley completed a six-month contract as a featured dancer and ensemble member in the newly-developed Disney musical “The Jungle Book”, directed by Mary Zimmerman and the Tony Award Winning Choreographer Christopher Gattelli. Haley has choreographed for Ballet Nebraska, Nomi Dance Company, Visceral Dance Company, The Chicago Repertory Ballet Company, as well as a collaborative work with the Chicago-based companies Muntu African Dance Company, and DanceWorks. Chicago. She has also created work for Marygrove College, Western Michigan University, and The University of the Arts. 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 2015 she premiered a collaborative theatre/dance piece “Still Life with Drumming” at the Myron S. Szold Music and Dance Hall at The Old Town School of Folk Music. Haley’s choreography has been featured in Dance for Life Chicago, the annual aids benefit concert. Haley’s performance career was recognized by Dance Spirit Magazine and her work has been recognized in articles and reviews in Dance Magazine. She was a 3Arts Award winner in 2012 for her contributions in dance and choreography to the arts community of the city of Chicago. She is one of the first two people selected to receive this $15,000 award in the category of dance/choreography.

Ms. Haley is the newest member of the faculty, where she teaches courses in jazz dance technique, musical theatre choreography, and choreographs for dance and theatre performances.