Monica Amanda Gana
Monica started her formal dance instruction at the age of 8 under the guidance of Toni Lopez Gonzalez. In Steps Dance Studio she continued to train in Contemporary Modern, Jazz and the classical ballet syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). She was trained and took classes with Sofia Elizalde, Raul Sauz, Eurica Balagtas, Jeffrey Espejo, Anna Villadolid, Jun Saagundo, James Laforteza and Max Luna III.
Monica placed first in the Junior Category of the 2011 National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) Ballet Competition and eighth in the 2012 Asian Grand Prix International Ballet competition in Hong Kong. She also attended Alvin Ailey’s 2011 Summer Intensive Workshop and the 2012 American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive Workshop in New York City.
Currently a dance major at the College of St. Benilde, she performed the title role in the CCP Dance School's Coppelia in 2013. Promoted to company member that year, her notable roles include the Peasant Pas de Deux from Giselle, the Esmeralda pas de deux in the mixed-bill show Art of Dance, Oryang in Rock Supremo, the female in George Birkadze's Farandole and the title role in Alice Reyes' Cinderella. Training with the company, she participated in the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2014.