Management Team

Monique N. Walker, Artistic Director

Monique HeadshotOriginally from Chester, PA, Monique has traveled the world as a performer, educator, and choreographer. She began dancing at the age of 4 studying ballet, jazz, African, and modern from many dance masters and institutions including: Audrey and Tina Ashhurst, Craig “Spider” Moore, Philadanco!, The School at Jacob's Pillow, Dr. Chuck Davis, and Dr. Kariamu Welsh.  Her performance and teaching career have spanned over 25 years; and its diversity of experiences and communities have shaped her current teaching style as she works with students aged 3-75. 

Monique has served on the dance faculties of CityDance Center’s School, Conservatory and Outreach Programs (MD), North Carolina State University (NC), St. Cloud State University’s Summer Dance Institute (MN), The School at Jacob’s Pillow (MA); is a Certified Teacher of the Umfundalai African Dance Technique, and an inaugural nominee for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.   She is the former dance captain and Assistant to the Artistic Director of Chuck Davis' African American Dance Ensemble, with additional performance credits including: Kariamu and Company: Traditions (PA), world premier choreography by David Dorfman at the American Dance Festival (NC), and an apprenticeship with Urban Bush Women (NY).  Her choreography has been set on college dance companies and presented at the North Carolina Dance Festival (NC), the Philadelphia Fringe Festival (PA), CityDance Center (DC), Dance Place (DC) by Mason/Rhynes Productions, and featured in the independent film, Like Water.

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Teaching Artists

Nina Newton

Nina Newton former resident of Charlotte, NC, originally from Chester, PA, began dancing at the age of 7. She was first introduced to ballet and jazz by instructors Audrey and Tina Ashurst and Mary Ann Bartley in Media, PA. Nina received additional instruction at the Philadelphia School of Dance from the late Craig "Spider" Moore; Charlotte Ballet (formerly NC Dance Theatre), and Order My Steps Christian Dance Company. Nina has worked with children for over twenty years and teaching dance for more than 15 years. Nina has a background in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and liturgical dance, and is a licensed Zumba Instructor. Nina was blessed to share in teaching while living in Charlotte, NC at the McCrorey and Morrison YMCA, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Creative Movement and Dance (co-founder), and Order My Steps Christian Dance Company. She is excited to work with children through creative movement and is currently a teacher at the Mt. Hope Recreation Center in Sunderland, MD.

Sunmoluwa Hamilton-SamuelSunmoluwa Headshot

Sunmoluwa is an education consultant and professional dancer/choreographer specializing in contemporary, West African, and step dance. Exploring and studying dance for about 15 years, she has developed a broad repertoire of movement. Studying dance under Tania Isaac, Monique Newton, Jumatatu Poe, Sylvia Soumah, Malari Moore, Farafina Khan, and Master Dancer Djian Tie, her style blends traditional African, contemporary and modern dance with theater. Sunmoluwa is the co-founder and director of theStudioSisters LLC with partner, Anike Imani. Former president and member of Dance Visions Dance Company at North Carolina State University, she is an award winning playwright, winning 1st Place in the 1-Act Play Battle, Category Drama, of the DC Black Theater Festival. Sunmoluwa is a certified ASA! Fitness instructor, as well as a performing member of Coyaba Dance Theater, ASA! Kelenya and Versatile Soundz’s Women’s Drum Ensemble in Washington, DC.

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