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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Dance

Mission: Monkeyhouse is an award winning, Boston based nonprofit that connects communities to choreography. Encouraging people to move with meaning is vitally important in these times of economic uncertainty when many feel disillusioned, stuck, and depressed. Choreography can emphasize individual strengths, express issues that are otherwise difficult to discuss, increase blood flow to the brain to ignite new ideas, and awaken innovative ways to balance. Founded in 2000 by Artistic Director Karen Krolak and voted “Best Dance Company in Boston” for 2006, 2007, and 2010 by the Boston Phoenix Readers’ Poll, Monkeyhouse regularly holds classes, workshops, and performances throughout the Greater Boston Area.

Target demographics: Connect Communities to Choreography

Geographic areas served: the Boston area

Programs: classes, workshops, and performances throughout the greater Boston Area.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as an intern for Monkeyhouse while I was in high school, and I can say from personal experience that they do really great work. I can't recommend enough supporting the extraordinary people that make up Monkeyhouse and work their tails off to foster dance and the arts in the greater Boston area.

Travis B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I fell in love with Monkeyhouse long ago, on the other side of the country when they toured Another Femme Fatale Freak Show to the SF Fringe. They have a sense of humor about themselves and about movement that punctures the fear of not knowing that permeates so much of the possible dance audience.
But they never let that sense of humor interfere with being word class dancers.

They incorporate different bodies and shapes into their work rather than simply casting traditional dancer bodies and if there is pain or injury they explore and incorporate it as part of the movement. It's magical and that sense of play makes it accessible to a much broader range of audiences than a more traditional company would.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm currently an intern for Monkeyhouse, and love every minute of it! As someone who had only ever done "musical theatre dance" (aka jazz squares and step-touches), I can not say how grateful I am to Monkeyhouse for expanding my horizons an incredible amount. I see firsthand the amazing work they do, and I've come to appreciate & love choreography and movement more than I ever would have thought in my time here. They're a group of hardworking and wonderful people that I'm delighted to be involved with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I did my senior internship in high school with Monkeyhouse. Dancing is definitely not my strong-suit and I was worried going into this internship that I would "fail" or not live up to certain expectations. Monkeyhouse gave me confidence in my dance ability and in myself. Monkeyhouse taught me the beauty of physical movement and helped me to see that in myself. I also was apart of and eventually co-lead Natick High School's student-run a capella group, Seven's Not Enough. We had the opportunity to collaborate with Monkeyhouse, as well as Impulse Dance Center on several different occasions, which I felt was very beneficial for both the dancers and the singers. The collaboration was something totally new for Seven's Not Enough and was an incredible learning experience for the group. As a current college Musical Theatre student, I am truly thankful for the time I spent and mentors I had the opportunity to work with at Monkeyhouse. They're the best!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I know from first hand experience that MonkeyHouse is a creative, inclusive, and critically thinking dance company. This company gives a great environment where choreographers and dancers are able to create. The dancers of MonkeyHouse are very willing to share their knowledge of dance with others. They help many dancers, like myself, to learn about the dance field by interning with the company. I also feel that MonkeyHouse always wants to connect dance to all people, dancers and non-dancers