Department of Dance Office: DC-S131     Phone: 562-985-4747     Fax: 562-985-7896




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Sophie Monat, Full-time Lecturer
Office Phone: 562.985.7037
Office: DC-F203


Sophie Monatwas born in London, England, and began her professional career in Europe where she danced with the Lille Opera Ballet in France and the National Ballet of Portugal. Following eight years as Ballet Mistress to the New Jersey Ballet, she served as Director of the Classical/Contemporary Dance Department at the Orange County High School of the Arts and was also Ballet Mistress to the State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara. Ms. Monat is currently a member of the full-time faculty at the California State University Long Beach Department of Dance, where she teaches, directs and choreographs for the department’s dance concerts. She also works extensively as a guest artist and has taught, choreographed, and staged a wide range of classical and contemporary ballets for ballet companies, dance festivals, professional schools, and universities including Loyola Marymount University, ODC/San Francisco, the Lyon Opera Ballet, the Hartford Ballet, UC Irvine, and Montclair State University, New Jersey. She has been commissioned as a guest artist to choreograph three ballets for Stanford University and this past year served as Artist-in-Residence for the Orange County High School of the Arts. A three-time recipient of the finalist award at the McCallum Theatre’s Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival, Ms. Monat formed her dance company, Monat Dance, in 2009. The company has been presented at various venues, including Celebrate Dance at the Alex Theatre in Los Angeles in 2011 and 2012, and recently was recognized with an award at the McCallum Theatre’s 2011 Choreography Festival in Palm Desert.


Beyond the Edge choreography by Sophie MonatVista choreography by Sophie Monat

(from left to right: Beyond the Edge (2008), Vista (2010) choreography by Sophie Monat)