Faculty, Performer, and Choreographer
Erika began her love affair with movement at a young age taking ballet and tap classes with the acclaimed Tony Lewis in Detroit, Michigan at the age of 2. After studying ballet, tap, musical theater, and world dance throughout childhood, Erika decided to extend her passion by committing to dance full time as a Pre-Professional student at the Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts. Here she performed in master works presented by Savion Glover and Pink Ink. As a dance and kinesiology major at the University of Michigan, Erika participated in Master classes presented by guest artists such as Bill T. Jones, Alexander Bellar, and Judy Rice of the American Ballet Comedy. She also assisted in the Sports Management Department, researching for the course Legal Aspects of Sports and teaching Pilates for the student body. After graduation, while attending the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Independent Study Program in New York City, and working as a Physical Therapist Aide, Erika found her passion for fitness. As a post-rehabilitation professional living in NYC Erika created unique and specialized rehab programs integrating her dance and sports medicine background. Here Erika also performed professionally in independent companies throughout NYC, participated in the American Ballet Theater Primary- Level 3 curriculum study, starred in Core Matters a series of fitness DVD’S, and was featured in such films as the Filter Project.
Most recently, Erika completed her Master’s Degree at New York University, where her thesis focused on the “Implications of Movement Participation on Early Childhood Development.” Erika is a certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Health and Fitness Professionals for Post-Rehabilitative exercise prescription. Erika teaches ballet, modern, world dance, jazz, and Pilates. She’s excited to be a part of the Benicia Ballet family.