Monica Villarica began dancing at the age of 2 under the direction of her grandmother, Fe Sala Villarica. In 2004, she joined her first CCP Summer Dance Workshop in Manila on partial scholarship. Along with intensive training in Classical Ballet, she was also exposed to Modern Dance. This experience opened her eyes to the world of professional dance and inspired her to continue spending her summers with CCP Dance School on full scholarship until 2006.

Since then she has had plenty of experience in dance, notably a scholarship in CCP Dance School, an apprenticeship in Ballet Philippines, and studied in The Ailey School in New York,

And of course, she is my sister.

In this episode, we talked about choosing dance as a career, life as a dancer, auditioning as a dancer, starting online dance classes, plans changing because of the pandemic, and lots of brother sister banter.



Miki Villarica

Fe Sala Villarica

Noordin Jumalon

Nicholas Pacaña

Rhea Dumdum Bautista (Ate Iya)

Sheila Lendio-Manlunas

Rhosam Prudenciado Jr.

MDF Productions

Peter Attia podcast with Beth Lewis

Myles Delfin (Zerothreetwo Conversations episode)

The Bike Scouts Project

Where can you find Monica?

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Music in the podcast

Piano March by Audionautix

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