A lifelong devotee to dance, Monique has spent much of her life from early childhood intensively studying various dance and movement modalities. Beginning in childhood with techniques of the West such as Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, and Hip-Hop, and later in life exploring the East through various classical and folkloric world dances, yoga, chi-gong, martial arts, and tantra. She has a BA in Theatre and Dance from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, is a certified hatha yoga instructor through Yoga Works in Santa Monica, and has attended training retreats in Bhakti yoga/Kirtan, Vipassana Meditation, Tantra. and archetypal Priestessing through hosting her mentor Ariel Spilsbury at her home temple. With an intense hunger for knowledge, Monique continues to expand her vocabulary of practices in order to best serve those around her and her own path of self-discovery. This path has led her into passionate servitude to the god-dess and empowered conscious living, in order to restore balance within and throughout existence.
Although largely self-taught, Monique began studying bellydance after a magical turn of events brought her to class over a decade ago with a yoga inspired Egyptian bellydancer in Los Angeles. From there she moved to San Francisco’s Bay Area to study at Sulhaila Salimpour’s school, Fat Chance Bellydance, with Tribal Fusion pioneer Frederique, and various other pioneers of the Tribal Fusion Bellydance movement (including more recently studying with Rachel Brice in her 8 Elements format). Monique continues to expand her knowledge of Middle Eastern and Gypsy dance history and forms, while fusing this knowledge into her own individual artistic voice and transmission. Since 2012 Monique found her way into a deep, heartfelt study and practice of the Classical Indian Dance form, Odissi, leading her into piligrimage in India to deepen in the form and immerse in the culture.
Monique is currently primarily located in the progressive, conscious, and art saturated town that is Ashland/Talent, Oregon. Here she performs, teaches workshops, and offers weekly Yoga and Temple Fusion Bellydance classes, as well as her monthly Omnique Method workshops. She serves as Executive Director and Priestess of the Dakini Rose Ministries, Temple & Gardens, as well as being Visionary and Artistic Director of the revolutionary Modern Temple Dance company, the Dakini Rose Devadasi.