Monique Young was born and raised in East Riverside California where she formally trained in jazz, tap, ballet, modern, lyrical, and hip hop at Bre Dance Studio. Monique received a full track and field scholarship to Northern Arizona University. She graduated from NAU with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology and Sociology.
In 2008 Monique was working as a social worker, when she decided to get back into the dance and entertainment industry. Monique auditioned for the Arena Football Arizona Rattlers dance team called the Sidewinders. She danced one full season with the Sidewinders. Mo made it for her second season however, the season of the AFL was cancelled.
Early 2009 Monique auditioned and danced for Michael Jackson during of the This Is It tour in Los Angeles. Monique was briefly featured in the film This Is It later that year. In July of 2009 Monique decided to audition for the Phoenix Suns Dancers. She made the team her first time auditioning. Throughout her 3 years with the Suns, Mo was asked to choreograph new and fun routines. Monique also went on two international trips with her time as a Phoenix Suns Dancers to Barcelona, Spain and Hong Kong. She also spilt seasons between dancing for the Phoenix Suns and WNBA Phoenix Mercury Hip Hop Squad. Monique was part of the hip-hop squad for 2 years and she had the time of her life.
Towards the end of Monique's NBA seasons she began doing her own thing and choreographing for various musical artist, dance studios and more industry work. Monique worked with The Motown group The Miracles with lead singer Sidney Justin. The Miracles put on several local concerts in Arizona and are now on the road touring. She has also worked choreographers at Manhattan Dance Project conventions such as Justin Timberlake's choreographer Marty Kudelka and Step Up star Misha Gabriel.
2014 Monique became the coach for the NBA Phoenix Suns Dance Kids. Monique always enjoys working with young dancers and being a mentor for them. While coaching she continues to teach at several dance studios in Arizona. In April of 2015 Monique took a trip to San Francisco that would change her life. Monique got engaged and made the legendary Oakland Raiders Raiderettes. This was Monique’s first time dancing for an NFL Cheerleading team.
In 2016 Monique got a phone call that would change her life completely. Monique accepted the job as the Dance and Entertainment Manager for the Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx. As the dance and entertainment manager she oversees all the performance groups for the Timberwolves and Lynx. The performance teams range from The Pups (ages 6-14), 612 Hip Hop Crew, Senior Dancers, 1st Ave Breakers, and the Timberwolves Dancers.
Her passion and heart for the art of dance and performing electrifies all her students in her classes and workshops internationally to adequately prepare them. Her long experience as an educator will turn you into the dancer you want to become. Her versatility will make you become a stronger and sharper mover. You will learn how to flow between different dance styles and find your groove. She is known for bringing the heat and magic into class and dance teams so don’t miss the Mo Experience!