MICHAEL J. JOHNSON, FOUNDING DIRECTOR

Michael grew up in Virginia, where he began his study of dance at The Richmond Ballet. With a strong foundation, Michael furthered his training at Butler University’s Department of Dance. After earning a degree in Arts Administration with Concentration in Dance, Michael was invited to join The Boston Ballet, performing corps, soloist and principal roles from 1996 to 2005.  Michael has danced the classics here and abroad with world-renowned dancers, including Carlos Acosta and Sarah Lamb of the Royal Ballet, and performed contemporary works by acclaimed choreographers including Rudi Van Dantzig, Bruce Marks, Nacho Duato, Mark Morris, George Balanchine, Rudolf Nureyev, John Cranko and Christopher Wheeldon. He has also studied musical theatre, salsa, ballroom, and performed Jazz and Jive in Los Angeles.

Michael furthered City Dance’s success, Boston Ballet’s outreach program, spreading opportunity and motivating students throughout Boston’s public, private, and charter school systems. He returned to Butler University, where he taught as a Visiting Professor of Dance from 2011 to 2013. His professional career as a dancer and teacher and his extensive outreach experience gained during his years with The Boston Ballet has given him vast essential expertise. Having witnessed how outreach programs can change the lives of underrepresented children, their families, schools, and the community, Michael had the vision to create Kids Dance Outreach.  With Indianapolis moving forward in many wonderful ways, now is the perfect time to bring Kids Dance Outreach to our children. “The KDO program uses the Art of Dance to transcend socio-economic, geographic, and racial boundaries, uniting our city and communities. The best part is we can do this in such a joyful and inspiring way”. Michael continues his guest performances, teaching, and choreography with various dance organizations locally and throughout the country and consulting for various dance programs.

E-mail: mjohnson@kdoutreach.org

MÓNICA M. MUÑOZ, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Mónica trained with the Conservatory of Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico and began her professional career.  She went on to dance professionally with Milwaukee Ballet and Louisville Ballet where she performed a vast repertoire including works by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, and Paul Taylor, and worked alongside national and international choreographers including Val Caniparoli, Adam Houghland, Helen Pickett, Graham Lustig, Domy Reiter-Soffer, André Prokovsky, Lila York, and Mark Godden.

In 2013 Mónica earned her B.A. in Dance Pedagogy from Butler University. She has taught and choreographed numerous schools, including Louisville Ballet School, Butler Summer Intensive, Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, and Carmel’s Ballet Theatre. She served as adjunct faculty at Anderson University and is currently adjunct faculty at Butler University.

Mónica’s privilege is to serve the community through her passion for dance and the work of Kids Dance Outreach. As KDO’s associate director and teacher, Mónica hopes to inspire future generations through education, culture, and appreciation for the arts.

E-mail: mmunoz@kdoutreach.org

COURTNEY COIRIN, LEAD PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Courtney is a native of Yorktown, Virginia, began her serious dance training at Virginia Regional Ballet under the artistic direction of Heidi Robitshek, where she studied for ten years. After moving to Norfolk, Virginia, she graduated from the Governor’s School for the Arts in 2010. In 2014, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Butler University in Dance Arts Administration. As a member of Butler Ballet, she performed in full-length ballets including Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Cinderella, and The Nutcracker, as well as choreography from resident choreographers Susan McGuire, Marek Cholewa, Stephan Laurent, Cynthia Pratt, Derek Reid, Patrick Hinson, Michelle Jarvis, and Tong Wong. Upon graduation, she returned to the Hampton Roads area as a member of the Todd Rosenlieb Summer Performing Ensemble, performing with local choreographers.  In the fall of 2014, Courtney became a company member with Todd Rosenlieb Dance and Virginia Ballet Theatre for two seasons. She performed in original Erick Hawkins choreography, New Moon, and original works by Todd Rosenlieb, Ricardo Melendez, Starr Foster, Mina Estrada, David Keener, Ryan Corrison other collaborating local artists. Courtney enjoyed performing for local schools through Young Audiences of Virginia and large local events, such as the Hampton Roads Pride Festival. Courtney was the Company Ballet Instructor for the four performing ballet companies at Eleve Dance Center in Yorktown, VA. She is currently on faculty at Curtain Call Dance Center as a ballet instructor in Indianapolis. Courtney is excited to be part of Kids Dance Outreach and share her passion for dance and appreciation for the arts with the local Indianapolis community’s youth.

E-mail: ccoirin@kdoutreach.org

TEACHING ARTISTS

Shauna Boyd
Keegan Loye
Karley Woodson

MUSICIANS

Michael Beck
Jeffrey DeHerdt
Michael Kessler
Troye Kinnett
Joseph O’Connell

VOLUNTEERS

Jenny Danek, Photography
Carly Herring, Graphic Design
Kathleen Eagan, Costumes