Owner/Founder/Director, Tap Program Dept. Head
Monie Adamson’s diverse choreographic abilities have earned her three Emmy Nominations (2002, 2004, 2005) and five American Choreography Award Nominations, winning the Award in 2004 for “Outstanding Achievement in Television Variety Series” (MAD tv). She is also a recipient of a 2007 Choreography Media Honor for her choreographic work in the television industry.
During the decade of the 1990.s she was Resident-Choreographer for Warner Bros. Television on such shows as Family Matters and Step-By-Step. Since 2000 Monie has held title as Resident-Choreographer for FOX’s MAD tv. And most recently choreographed the music video “If I Didn’t Have You” starring Hannah Montana’s Mitchel Musso & Emily Osment.
She has performed in Music Videos, at Disneyland, and was a Principal Dancer with the highly acclaimed dance company, Rhapsody in Taps, for eight-years. Monie has studied with such Tap-Masters as Gregory Hines, Arthur Duncan, Pat Rico, Sandman Simms, and Eddie Brown. Other training includes such teachers as Joe Tremaine, Doug Cauldwell, El Gabriel, Jere Curry, and Linda Sohl-Donnell.
She holds a B. F. A. in Dance from the University of California, Irvine. She has been on the faculties of the University of California Irvine, United States International University, Cypress College, Chapman College and held a Professorship at California State University, Chico. She was an Adjunct Faculty Member at Orange Coast College for 20 years and, while Director of Orange Coast College’s Danc’N E.T.C. (Educational Touring Company), Monie was named “Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year” and received a “2000 Dance in Action Award” for her work with Danc’N E.T.C.
Monie is known for her vivacious teaching style and creative choreography. As a Choreographer as well as Director/Founder of FOCUS Dance Center for the Performing Arts (Irvine, CA), her contagious energy and fresh approach are well known. Monie has a great enthusiasm and immense passion for dance, and a huge desire to instill this in her students and dancers.