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
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!
“I thought you would like to know that Mia was given permission to start an accelerated ballet program at the new dance school we have chosen here after we moved away. She went in yesterday to meet with the owner and dance for her. She remembered all the positions she learned last year and impressed the owner. I had not even planned on putting her in the accelerated program, but the owner thought she was more than ready. 🙂 She clearly learned a lot last year at Kick It Out!”
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
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
Very welcoming. The staff and dancers are all very friendly and helpful.
I’ve been going there for three years for Zumba, Zumba Toning and also Pound fitness classes. My daughter has taken ballet classes there and loved it! She had her first recital in 2014. Such a great and comfortable place to work out and take my daughter to dance. Highly recommend it!
Your dance studio is always very informative of current and upcoming events. It is wonderful to see how much a dance studio owner cares about each and every student and how involved you are with the classes themselves. With the way that your studio operates I just know it will continue to grow and prosper!!
The best dance studio my daughter has ever attended KIO forever she will be!!
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.
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