Monica Bill Barnes ’10

Monica Bill Barnes

Monica Bill Barnes is a New York based choreographer and performer. She founded Monica Bill Barnes & Company as a contemporary dance company with the mission to celebrate individuality, humor and the innate theatricality of everyday life. The company has been presented in over twenty venues in NYC including Danspace Project, Symphony Space, 92nd Street Y, Dancenow/NYC, Fall for Dance at New York City Center, and in thirty cities throughout the US.  She has created twelve evening-length dance works, numerous site-specific events and several cabaret numbers for her company.  Recent commissions include Another Parade, commissioned by the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival, I feel like commissioned by Dancenow’s 10 Year Anniversary Project, and Game Face presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s SITELINES Festival.  She has been an invited Guest Artist at the North Carolina School of The Arts, Vassar College, Virginia Commonwealth University, Connecticut College, Florida State University, James Madison University, Steps on Broadway, Peridance Center and Dance New Amsterdam.  In addition, the company creates dances outside of the city through extended artistic residencies, college residencies and site specific performance projects with local community members. During summer 2010, the company will perform at Bates Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and make their Joyce Theater debut. (Photo credit: Julie Lemberger)