Maiqui Mañosa began her training in her homeland of the Philippines under the direction of her mother Inday Gaston Mañosa and the late Totoy de Oteyza.
Ms. Mañosa joined the Atlanta Ballet in 1980 and worked her way up to the ranks of principal dancer where she has been recognized for her performances in Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Swan Lake, Dennis Nahat's Coppélia as Swanilda, Midsummer's Night Dream as Tatania, Eugene Loring's Billy the Kid as the Sweetheart, Lyn Taylor Corbett's Escape and Fernand Nault's world renowned Carmina Burana and La Fille Mal Gardee as Lizette.
She was acclaimed for her interpretation of Tom Pazik's Romeo and Juliet and his world premiere of Madame Butterfly with the Philippine Ballet Theater in the role of Cio Cio San, which was created for her.
During her years with the company, Atlanta Ballet's Director Robert Barnett had featured her in Balanchine works such as the Dark Angel in Serenade, the Siren in Prodigal Son, Tchaikovsky Pas de deux, Four Temperaments, Allegro Brillante, Concerto Barocco, Themes and Variations and Square Dances.
Among the many invitations to perform as guest artist with the Philippine Ballet Theater, Ms. Mañosa was chosen to represent the Philippines in a cultural exchange program with China. Performing with the Central Ballet of China, she was warmly received and widely acclaimed by the Chinese audience and critics. From this stemmed other memorable projects between the two countries.
Ms. Mañosa was invited to work with the Singapore Dance Theater as ballet mistress. She was exposed to many famous works with internationally renowned choreographers such as Graham Lustig [Director of American Repertory Ballet], Val Caniparoli [San Francisco Ballet], John Paul Comelin and the late Choo San Goh [Washington Ballet]. She then returned to the United States and became Principal Teacher with Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet in which she served for four years. Currently, Ms. Mañosa stages ballets for Val Caniparoli and Graham Lustig around North America and other parts of the world. Ms. Mañosa has staged works with American Repertory Ballet, Boston Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theater, Orlando Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet. One of her most memorable experiences was in Moscow coaching Bolshoi Ballet's ballerina Anastasia Volochkova in Val Caniparoli's ballet "Lambarena."
Recently, she returned to her beginnings with Atlanta Ballet as a stager and coach upon the invitation of Artistic Director John McFall. Ms. Mañosa has restaged John McFall's "Nutcracker" and Fernand Nault's "Carmina Burana." She continues to guest teach in summer workshops around the country.