Erika has been dancing since she was 3 years old and started competitive dance at age 9. She received years of training in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern and character styles of dance. She was nominated for the UDA National Dance Team in 2002 while competing with Shayna Kaye Dance Kraze in Plainwell, MI. At Michigan State University she studied gymnastics, self-defense, and Tae Kwon Do. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Michigan State University’s College of Education in Secondary Education with a French Major and English Minor. She enjoyed time with the swing dancing club at Michigan State as well as dancing with the MSU Dance Team for a basketball halftime show. Throughout high school, college and post-graduation she enjoyed teaching ballet and coaching competitive cheer. She was a Teaching Assistant for Plainwell HS Physical Education for one year and she is certified in NCSSE Coaching Stunts and Tumbling I. Erika has had success with award winning routines at the regional and national level. She is so excited to teach at Kick It Out! recreational and competitive team classes.
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KIO Customer testimonials
“Excellent place to dance or to have your kids dance!!!!!!” My daughter has learned so much in the 3 years she has been dancing. I’m so grateful to the owner and instructors. She’s made a lot of friends and has learned great dance and team work skills.
Derek and Sara Mills
Our 3-year old daughter Ezra tends to be very shy in group settings. She has been that way ever since we adopted her from Ethiopia at 8 months. I took her to a two-day tiny tumblers dance class at Kick It Out and by the second day she really started to come around. She’s dancing and tumbling all around the house now. Thanks so much Kick It Out for helping our daughter start to come out of her shell.
Megan and Ryan Armbrustmacher
We have been here 3 years now and I love how relaxed the environment it, how supportive of the dancers, and that everyone is able to participate! The director is always available if you have questions or concerns and has worked really hard with my girls (both younger) to improve their dancing and their self confidence!
Evie LOVES her dance studio and her teacher Miss Molly. She looks forward to seeing her friends in class every week and would really like it if she had MORE friends to dance with in her ballet and tap classes. Come check it out…
KIO welcomed my son and has challenged him in ways I have not seen. The instructors work well with him and the other dancers accept him. I would gladly recommend KIO to anyone and am proud to be a part of this studio.
“My daughter has been in the Kick It Out dance program for a couple years and loves it…”
Lisa E. Gonzalez
My family has had the best experience with this studio. Both my kids are dancers. My daughter is going into her 5th competitive dance season and my son just started last year. The instructors are amazing and really teach to the kids strengths. I cant say enough about the owner she has a heart of gold. Its amazing that she knows every kid and every dance they are in. If you are looking for a family atmosphere this is the studio to try!
My kids have been going here for dance for three years now and they love it. The owner does a lot of getting to know the kids, so it’s not just paycheck but more of a friendship. We felt so welcome from the beginning. We love it and will be going back.
Steven and Heather Stiffler
We will be entering our 3rd season with KIO and love it more every year. My daughter’s footwork, turns, leaps, and everything had to be corrected from another studio. And her skills really have improved! My daughter is not the same dancer I brought through the Kick It Out doors. She’s better by a 1,000%. In fact my son is now dancing competitively for KIO. KIO is really a second home to my kids and many others. It’s a great place to take your kiddos for dance, be it recreational or competitive.
Tracy and Josh Heusinkveld
The best dance studio my daughter has ever attended KIO forever she will be!!
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