The NUTCRACKER Creative
Director and ChoreographerMonique Foster
Monique spent ten years working in New York City as a dancer, actress, singer, and model. She eventually returned to her home state of New Mexico where she has been a successful studio owner for over two decades. Monique has trained extensively with many of the world’s top dance instructors including Franco De Vita, Raymond Lukens, David Howard, Peter Schabel, Madame Darvash, Chet Walker (Theatre Dance, esp. Fosse), Frank Hatchett (Jazz), and Germaine Salzburg (Tap). She also toured with State Street Ballet's production of The Hollywood Nutcracker in 2002 under the direction of Rodney Gustafson. While in New York, Monique expanded her repertoire by studying at the Singer’s Forum and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. (She completed her degree in Theatre Arts at NMSU.) She is the only instructor certified through Level V in the American Ballet Theatre’s rigorous National Training Curriculum in the region and holds a teaching certificate from Teacher Training Program of the legendary David Howard. She is also a certified health coach from The New York Institute of Integrative Nutrition. In 2016, Monique helped found Borderlands Ballet Company as its artistic director.
Choroegrapher (Drosselmeyer and Marie)Joshua L. Peugh
(he/him) Joshua is the Founder and Artistic Director of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance and Co-founder of Fair Assembly. A graduate of Southern Methodist University and an alumnus of Universal Ballet (under the direction of Oleg Vinogradov), he has created work for festivals in Asia, Europe, and North America, winning awards for his choreography in South Korea, Japan, Canada, and the USA. He was the recipient of the Grand Prize at the McCallum Theatre's 18th Annual Choreography Festival, and Dance Magazine chose him as one of their "25 to Watch." Joshua served as choreographer for legendary soprano Kathleen Battle's concert Underground Railroad - A Spiritual Journey and was the 2018 recipient of the Natalie Skelton Award for Artistic Excellence. He has created over 50 new works for Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, BalletX, Ballet Memphis, The Big Muddy Dance Company, BODYTRAFFIC, Bruce Wood Dance Project, Collage Dance Collective, Company E, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Dance Lab NY, DanceWorks Chicago, Eisenhower Dance, Korea National Contemporary Dance Company, MADCO, METdance, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Verb Ballets, and Whim W'Him, among others.