Erika Atkinson was born and raised in Rochester, NY. At the age of 4, she began her dance career, studying Ballet, Tap and Jazz at Little Red Dancing School. During this time she also took classes at The Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway and Dancer’s Alley. Erika began teaching at Little Red in 1987, and in 1995 established Centerstage Dance Studio, in Irondequoit. Here she was the owner, director, and choreographer for 8 years. Throughout this time, she produced numerous recitals, showcases and performances. She established the Centerstage Competition Team, who won countless awards and high scores for their performances. She also created the Adult competition class known as The Divas. Erika has received many choreography and entertainment awards for her work.
Erika graduated from St. John Fisher College, with a B.A. in Communications and Marketing Management.
Erika is currently the director and choreographer for the tap dance company, The Oasis Tappers, a senior organization dedicated to enriching the lives of the elderly through dance. Erika is also the choreographer for The Rochettes, a dance group made up of members of the Rochester Gay Men Chorus, who perform at the chorus’ concerts and benefits.
Erika is currently on the Board of Directors for Dance Rochester!, a non-profit organization committed to advocating public support and interest in and to encourage the professional development of dancers.
Erika continues to study the art of dance as much as possible by attending local classes, workshops and seminars. She also takes yearly trips to New York City to attend professional classes and programs.
Erika resides in Webster with her husband, two sons and daughter.
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