The Dancer's Extension

Taking an academic approach to dance education.

Sonya Barrineau Monts
1347 Ozone Drive, Suite 4
Saluda, NC 28773


The Dancer’s Extension, Owner and Instructor, 2010 - present

          Complete operation of the small business of a dance studio; choreographing, teaching and staging concert pieces in ballet, jazz,                            contemporary and preschool subjects for class groups and student solos; chose accompanying music, costumes, and stage sets;

          business bookkeeping and accounting; communication with parents and community members; advertising, web design and social media.

National Honor Society for Dance Arts, Chapter Sponsor Volunteer, 2011 - present

          Mentor and guide students in grades six through twelve towards induction; encourage further study of the art of dance; lead students in                   community service performances and projects.

Polk County Schools, Dance Teaching Artist, 2014 – present

Collaborate with administration to secure grant funding; professional development for grade level teachers on dance integration; facilitate learning for grades PreK-5th with dance integration projects.

Tryon Little Theatre, Lead Choreographer, 2014 – present

Choreograph, teach, refine and stage for musical theatre productions of You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (Fall 2015) and Fiddler On the Roof (Spring 2014)

Community Guest Speaker and Demonstrator, 2009 - present

Lead workshops for children at schools, libraries and churches on the history of dance and the basics of choreography.

Merle’s Dance Place, Instructor and Choreographer, 2003-2010

Taught ages 3-18 the fine art of dance; choreographed and staged recital pieces in ballet, pointe, jazz and preschool subjects; chose accompanying music and costumes, and worked closely with staff and parents.


National Dance Education Organization's Online Professional Development Institute – Certificate in Dance Education earned December 2015. Courses of study include:

Developing Assessments for the New Dance Standards (Fall 2015)

Implementing the National Core Arts Standards in Dance (Summer 2015)

Ballet Theory and Composition (Summer 2015)

Writing Successful Funding Proposals (Spring 2015)

Introduction to Creative Dance for Early Childhood (Spring 2015)

Introduction to Dance Education K-12: Theories and Practices (Fall 2014)

Foundations of Pedagogy for All Dance Environments (Summer 2014)

Dance Kinesiology and Applied Teaching Practices (Spring 2014)

NDEO Conference Research Study (Fall 2013)

Choreographic Explorations (Summer 2013)

Dance Integration (Spring 2013)

Dance History 1800 to Present (Summer 2012)

  Professional Teaching Standards for Dance Arts (Spring 2012)

National Dance Education Organization's Annual National Conference, Attendee, 2013

Selected to be the private studio representative for the panel presentation, “Teachers’ Reflections Following Completion of NDEO’s Professional Teaching Standards for Dance Arts Online Course”; collaboration with OPDI faculty to develop a new course centered on research, inquiry, networking and learning from a national conference.

CORPS de Ballet International Intensive Workshop, Participant, 2004

Accepted and studied contemporary ballet under the direction of Alonzo King of the San Francisco LINES Ballet.


National Dance Education Organization – Professional Member; Applied Strategic Plan Committee; consulting work with OPDI staff and

instructors; contributor to the Journal of Dance Education in Practice with the article, “Surviving the Economy in a Private Studio: Embracing An Academic Pedagogy”, published March 2015; adjudicator for the National Level for the Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Award 2014 and 2015

National Registry of Dance Educators - accepted as a member-at-large following a portfolio evaluation by the review committee

Saluda United Methodist Church – Adult Discussion Group organizer, Liturgical Dance leader, children’s summer program volunteer

Saluda Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization – general volunteer, fundraising and Teacher Appreciation coordinator


The University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

Master of Science, Genetic Counseling, May 1996

Columbia College, Columbia, South Carolina

Bachelor of Arts, Biology with a minor in Health, May 1994

Summa Cum Laude, Cum Honore