Monica Giragosian Dancer Story

Monica Giragosian

American Repertory Ballet (ARB) company member Monica Giragosian has no problem stepping onstage and performing a role with confidence and grace, an attribute that has been developed throughout her years with the ARB performing company.

Before her time with ARB, she performed with BalletMet Columbus as a trainee. Dancing since the age of three, she also received training at the Maryland Youth Ballet, the Washington School of Ballet and the Kirov Academy of Ballet.

“Ballet not only takes ability and endurance, but it takes courage and confidence,” she said.

“With the abundant performing opportunities I’ve had here at ARB, my courage to go on stage and confidence to perform is at its greatest.”

Committed to presenting ballets from the 19th and 20th centuries, alongside new and existing works by choreographers from today, American Repertory Ballet performing company values individual attention, creating an environment where dancers can truly develop. Those selected to be in the company work closely with Artistic Director Douglas Martin, Resident Choreographer Mary Barton and Company Teacher Kathleen Moore.

The company never strays too far from the stage throughout the season, presenting various works to more than 30,000 patrons throughout the state and beyond. Monica explained that these endless performance opportunities have helped her develop and grow as a dancer.

“Such familiarity with the stage has really helped me cross the bridge from being a student to becoming a true professional,” said Monica.

Having danced principle roles at the Joffrey Ballet, ARB Artistic Director Douglas Martin knows what it takes to be a well-rounded, professional dancer and has confidence in Monica’s ability and presence.

“Monica Giragosian brings an amazing light to the stage through her range of expressiveness and beautiful movement,” said Artistic Director Douglas Martin. “She is both steely and fragile providing a high level technique and strength while possessing a delicate elegance. It is always a joy to watch as she develops each new role and enraptures audiences with her compelling presence.”

As a company member, Monica’s favorite experience was having the chance to perform the role of Emily in Phillip Jerry’s Our Town (pictured above) and being able to work with ARB Resident Choreographer Mary Barton, who had actually performed the role herself. Monica knew her skills were in good hands, and performed the role with confidence, poise and the insight of a highly regarded professional dancer.

“Mary Barton, through many hours of private coaching, really helped me grow as a dancer and as an actress,” she said. “The process of preparing for this role was very beneficial to my career.”

Photo By Richard Termine x Nanako Yamamoto
This dancer story was written by Summer 2016 ARB intern Mary Berko.