Monica Hogan T'12

Monica Hogan (T’12) said that her time with the Dance Program truly defined her Duke experience. As a freshman, she had the opportunity to be a part of Torelli and Eight Jelly Rolls, both Twyla Tharp repertory performance works. She choreographed and directed her first full-evening showcase of works, “Heartwork,” which went on to become a regular annual production involving 30 students. The third and final show, “Heartwork: Triptych Concluded,” developed into her senior thesis with Distinction; it focused on the integration of dance choreography with technology and explored a variety of digital platforms.

In 2012, she worked alongside dance faculty Barbara Dickinson as an assistant choreographer for “Ragtime,” one of Duke’s largest theatrical productions.

Monica also choreographed four original works for the Dance Program’s productions, November Dances and ChoreoLab during her time at Duke.

“In so many ways, the Duke Dance Program truly helped me to grow into myself as a performer, a choreographer, and as a person,” she confirms and adds, “It would be impossible to put a value on the opportunities Duke Dance has given me for intense artistic exploration. I was regularly challenged, constantly encouraged, and provided with endless resources to try new things and step out- side of my comfort zone. It was such an inspiring environment that I was determined to soak up every opportunity I could manage to squeeze into those four years... and I am so grateful that I did! I look back at the dancer/choreographer I was four years ago and then look at myself today, and I can see a marked change because of everything the Duke Dance Program has taught me.”