Monica McSwain

Ballet Dance Instructor

Her mother, a choreographer, started her in dance at the age of five. She
made her stage debut in “The Nutcracker,” and later danced with the
Omaha Ballet. She began acting in local productions of “The King and I”
and “The Little Match Girl.” She attended the Interlochen Arts Academy in
Michigan, and there developed an interest in African dance. She won a
scholarship to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and performed with
them professionally.

Monica is a dance producer, choreographer and performing artist. Her
credits include the honored position of dancing with legendary Michael
Jackson (cast as the youngest of only three female dance trio). She has
choreographed for celebrities such as “That’s So Raven!” sensation,
Raven Symone and worked with “Ugly Betty’s” Vanessa Williams and

As a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG/ AFTRA) and Actors Equity
(AEA), Monica has led on Broadway, at The NY Lincoln Center Theater, in
box office feature films (including Red Eye), starred in television drama
and sitcoms (including on Primetime, Showtime, Lifetime, Hallmark,
Nickelodeon and Disney channels), in numerous musicals, and in over 50
national television commercials and campaigns  (including Doritos, Crest,
Toys R Us, McDonald’s, AT&T; on billboards and in magazines (including
Teen, Ebony and Glamour).

When she is not shooting, Monica shares her passion for the arts while
teaching classes and workshops in acting & multiple dance styles
including Hip hop, Ballet, Modern, Contemporary/Jazz, Stylized Ballroom
and African styles, additionally, coaching competitive athletes and dancers
to award winning status. Monica believes in balancing career with life;
sharing her love for people daily and leading as Artistic Director of
ThruGuiDANCE and serving on missions in the US and overseas in Africa.

We are very lucky to have as a member of our Danzone family!