Monti Smith

Teaching Artists

Monti, a Lafayette native, spent her early years of dance studying and performing at Gerami Academy of Fine Arts. In high school she danced for the St.Thomas More Sparklers and joined Dance Warehouse as a student, competitor, and, eventually, teacher. She attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she danced for the Ragin’ Jazz dance team. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, she headed west to Los Angeles to study dance and eventually acting and improv. She has performed in music videos and numerous commercials as well as a few independent movies. Her work as a performer took her to India and China and then eventually back home to Lafayette. Monti’s is currently a graduate student of UL’s Counselor Education program, and she is excited to incorporate her love of dance and the arts into her work as a counselor and dance instructor.