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Artistic Director, Choreographer, Dancer

Bio

A native of Enfield, CT, Erica began her dance training at age 16 and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance and Choreography, cum laude, from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA. She has worked in residency with Second Wind Dance Company, Ekilibre Dance, and toured internationally in Spain and Taiwan. After a short apprenticeship she joined Moving People Dance in 2007 where she performed repertoire from resident choreographers as well as guests Robert Moses, Gail Gilbert, Arturo Fernandez, and John Lehrer.

As a certified Pilates Mat Teacher Trainer, GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® trainer, Erica’s teaching style focuses on the individual’s capabilites. Her understanding of the physical and energetic body allows her to indentify the needs of her students and push them beyond their limitations. Erica has brought this approach to hundreds of students nationally and abroad and her students have continued on to top universities and companies. From 2007-2010 Erica served as School Director and Production Assistant for Moving People Dance Center where she honed her administrative skills while teaching and choreographing for the student company. Currently on faculty at three major New Mexico dance schools, she also works privately with dancers and non-dancers in the GYROTONIC® expansion system which allows her to refine her knowlege of human movement.

As a choreographer Erica is heavily influenced by the work of Robert Moses, Juliu Horvath and her artistic partner and mentor, Curtis Uhlemann. Her work tends toward emotional expression through aggresive partnering, asymmetrical staging, and her exploration of intention and quality with each performer. She has choreographed for ten-time world champions The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps and been commissioned by Moorehead State University, Shenandoah Conservatory, and INTERDANSA where her work toured thirty cities in Catalonia, Spain.

Erica actively continues her own education in the artform of dance and performs with the company in addition to being co-founder and Associate Artistic Director of ARCOS Dance.

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