Angelica Monteiro is a M.F.A. in Dance candidate at The University of Texas at Austin. She grew up in Belém, a port city at the mouth of the Amazon River in northern Brazil. In her city, she co-founded Companhia Mirai de Dança – a vibrant, community-based dance company that fuses various urban and street styles – as well as Escola Mirai – a grassroots school that develops and trains young dancers in the local community. Monteiro’s work focuses on the intersection between afro-indigenous and ribeirinho performance culture from northern Brazil and contemporary urban dance styles. She specializes in hip-hop, waacking, street jazz, heels, Afro-Brazilian and contemporary dance. She also seeks to explore the possibilities of the body outside preconceived boxes. Monteiro received her B.A. in Dance and Education from the Universidade Federal do Pará. She also has a certificate in child development from City College of San Francisco. Monteiro has taught at a multitude of dance studios and non-governmental organizations in both Brazil and the United States. Currently, she is a faculty member at Urbanity Dance, where she teaches hip-hop.