April Monte

Why do you teach?

I believe in developing arts education. It is one thing to be able to perform professionally and another thing entirely to teach. I honestly do not care if my students grow up to be professional performers, although many of the do, but I DO care that they appreciate and understand dance as an art form. I teach future dancers and future self-confident members of an educated audience.
Your favorite dance moment?

My favorite dance

…or I guess I will say performing moment….hmmm…. I would have to say being cast in my 1st leading role in a Broadway National Tour. It absolutely blew me away. I was a tiny jumble of voice, arms, legs and nerves. I have worked with, performed for, and have met so many amazing people on the road and from so many countries. Since then, I have returned to those various theatres and come upon my own signature on the backstage wall from so many years ago ….it still gives me a thrill to think of my 18 year old self signing it.

Why you teach at DSOM?

First let me say I love Dance Studio of Maine. It is an amazing place to be a part of and truly a “dance-community” in every sense of the word. I was so excited to find it when I finally decided to settle down here in Maine. The students are hungry to learn and they have a solid foundation and respect for not only dance but for themselves. We are not just teaching our students to dance, be coordinated, or keeping them physically fit, we are teaching them confidence. To dance at this studio is to really drive yourself to learn and achieve your goals, and that carries past the classroom.

Personal Fun Fact

A fun fact about me… this has NOTHING to do with dance… I love to cook and will find any excuse to try new food.
Or if it needs to do with performing
I was a featured singer on the largest ship in the world, Oasis of the Seas for over 3 years.

How long you have been dancing and teaching?

I have been dancing/ performing for over 35years and teaching for over 20 of them. And for the record I have loved every second of it.

Message to your students:

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard