Harrison Monaco began dancing in Milwaukee, WI. At age ten, he began his formal training with Ms. Lori Romito. He began training at the Ruth Page School of Dance, under the direction of Larry Long and Dolores Lipinski. While a student there, he became a member of the Civic Ballet of Chicago, performing works by Ruth Page, Larry Long, and Harrison McEldowney.
At age 16, Mr. Monaco was accepted to The School of American Ballet, where he trained for two years. During this time, he was the recipient of the Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation Scholarship. Mr. Monaco was awarded full merit scholarships to attend summer programs at Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Chautauqua Institution, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, and American Ballet Theatre.
For the 2010-2011 Season, Mr. Monaco was a member of the Professional Division at Pacific Northwest Ballet, under the direction of Peter Boal. He performed in numerous productions with PNB including Jerome Robbins’ Glass Pieces, George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Kent Stowell’s Cinderella, and Peter Boal’s staging of Giselle. He also had the honor of performing leading roles in George Balanchine’s Western Symphony, as well as in new works by Paul Gibson, Kiyon Gaines, Margaret Mullin, Barry Kerollis, Ezra Thomson, and Sean Rollofsen.
Mr. Monaco joined Pennsylvania Ballet II for the 2011-2012 Season and was promoted to Apprentice for the 2012-2013 Season. He has performed several works with the Company, including featured roles in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments (First Theme) and Jiří Kylián’s Forgotten Land (Beige Couple).