Monica Giragosian, originally from Catharpin, VA, received the majority of her dance training at the Maryland Youth Ballet. She received additional training from the Washington School of Ballet and the Kirov Academy of Ballet. She also attended summer programs at American Ballet Theatre in New York and the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center. In 2008, Monica placed in the Top Twelve Women at the Youth America Grand Prix regional competition, and in 2009, she was a New York City Finalist. Monica joined BalletMet Columbus as a trainee in 2009 where she performed in productions including Swan Lake, Gerard Charles’ Nutcracker and Cinderella, and David Nixon’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2011, Monica joined American Repertory Ballet as a company dancer. With American Repertory Ballet, Monica performed a number of principal roles including the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker, Juliet in Douglas Martin’s Romeo and Juliet, Emily in Philip Jerry’s Our Town, and Elizabeth Bennet in Douglas Martin’s Pride and Prejudice. Throughout her professional career Monica taught classes at the Princeton Ballet School, as well as Verne Fowler School of Dance where she choreographed a piece that received the choreography award from the Beyond the Stars Dance Competition in 2016. Today, Monica continues to teach ballet to children of all ages, while pursuing a degree in computer science at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.