OUR TEAM

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 the success of City Dance, 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 have given him vast essential expertise. Having witnessed first hand how outreach programs can change the lives of underserved 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 are able to 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 as well as 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 with the company.  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 for numerous schools including Louisville Ballet School, Butler Summer Intensive, Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, and Ballet Theatre of Carmel. She served as adjunct faculty at Anderson University, and is currently adjunct faculty at Butler University.

It is Mónica’s privilege to be able 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

Amber Blakley

Development Coordinator & Teaching Assistant

A native of Carmel, Indiana, Amber trained at Performer’s Edge Dance Theatre, studying ballet, tap, jazz, and modern. Amber went on to attend Butler University, where she graduated cum laude in 2008, earning a degree in Arts Administration. While a Butler student, she performed for three years as a dancer in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Yuletide Celebration. Additionally, Amber worked at The Washington Ballet in Washington, DC as an education and outreach intern, and in that role, she was able to help teach underserved public school students in the DanceDC program. During that experience, Amber discovered her passion for empowering youth through dance.

Always on the search for a way to fulfill that passion, Amber was so excited to find Kids Dance Outreach years later, and she joined the teaching staff for the 2015-16 school year. She then worked for two years in Cincinnati, Ohio at ArtsWave, the nation’s largest community arts campaign. Amber is thrilled to return home to KDO to continue sharing her love of dance with the incredible youth of Indianapolis and also work to expand KDO’s fundraising strategies!

E-mail: ablakley@kdoutreach.org

Courtney Coirin

Lead Teaching Artist & Administrative Assistant

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 in the Todd Rosenlieb Summer Performing Ensemble, performing with local choreographers.  Beginning 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, as well as original works by Todd Rosenlieb, Ricardo Melendez, Starr Foster, Mina Estrada, David Keener, Ryan Corrison and other collaborating local artists. Courtney enjoyed performing for local schools through Young Audiences of Virginia and large local events, such as 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 youth of the local Indianapolis community.

E-mail: ccoirin@kdoutreach.org

Teaching Assistants

Amber Blakley
Shauna Boyd
Carly Herring
Keegan Loye
Karley Woodson

Musicians

Jeffrey DeHerdt
Jan Aldridge-Clark
Michael Beck
Michael Kessler
Dave Lowe
Joseph O’Connell

Volunteers

KDO’s Board of Directors
Jenny Danek, Photography
Sara MacGregor, Program Coordinator, IMAGINE Project
Carly Herring, Graphic Design
Melinda Malher-Moran, Adaptive Dance
Kathleen Egan, Costumes