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 daughter has been in the Kick It Out dance program for a couple years and loves it…”
Lisa E. Gonzalez
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
“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!”
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
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 just went to sign Alyce, my 3 year old up for dance and everyone there at Kick It Out was amazingly nice even though we came on a really busy day!!! Both Alyce and I are really excited for her to start!!!
The best dance studio my daughter has ever attended KIO forever she will be!!
“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
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…
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!
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