B.F.A., The College at Brockport
M.F.A., Wilson College
Born in Los Angeles and raised in New York, Andrea Montez began studying dance and theater at the early age of 7. She earned her BFA in Dance from The College at Brockport and MFA degree in Choreography from Wilson College. Throughout her undergraduate studies, Andrea worked as an apprentice and intern for Red Dirt Dance and Monica Bill Barnes & Company. Additionally, Andrea was the recipient of the Santo J. Giglio Award for Choreography, presented her choreographic research at The American College Dance Association and the National Conference of Undergraduate Research. Upon completing her BFA degree Andrea relocated to New York City, where she danced professionally and began teaching at renowned dance centers, such as 92Y Harkness Dance Center and Mark Morris Dance Group.
Being a New York City based dance artist, Andrea had the great pleasure to perform for Mariah Maloney Dance, Falcon Dance, 92Y’s Community Dance Project NYC, and Sarah Rose Dance, to name a few. Performance venues include, Dixon Place Theater, Hudson Guild Theater, City Center, Buttenweiser Hall, Gibney Dance Center, Mark Morris Dance Center, and Steps on Broadway. Amongst performing and teaching in New York, Andrea simultaneously pursued her MFA via a low residency program at Wilson College.
During that time Andrea worked closely with her mentor David Dorfman, (choreographer of Broadway’s Indecent and artistic director of David Dorfman Dance.) Through her MFA research she began merging the performance mediums of dance and theater. All of which culminated into her MFA thesis concert, an original dance theatre work entitled In Correspondence which premiered at Brooklyn Arts Exchange.
Due to the recent pandemic Andrea relocated from New York to Florida and is now in her inaugural year at Florida School of the Arts. She enthusiastically joins the talented faculty at Flo Arts as Instructor of Contemporary Dance and co-director of the dance program.