meet erika

what inspired you to start leading fitness classes?

When I was in eighth grade the high school dance team came to perform and recruit new members to audition for the upcoming year.  I had no formal experience and the thought of being in front of a large group was beyond my comfort zone, but I had a strong desire to find an activity to participate in while in high school.  I focused, learned the routines, and mustered up all the courage I had and I made the team. I continued to dance all four years of high school and for many years after.  

My decision to take a path towards dance allowed me the opportunity to be a member of a studio dance team for three years, a studio dance instructor for four years, and a coach/instructor for three different school dance teams for six years.  I have met many amazing and inspirational people through dance and I still carry my passion for dance with me today.

After the birth of my second child, I had to find new ways to balance life. I no longer had time to commit to instructing or coaching dance. Through a friend, I joined an online group of people encouraging one another in fitness and nutrition. I have been a member since 2016. The focus of the group is how to care for your body, how to provide the best nutrition, and to participate in at-home workouts to maintain an active lifestyle around life’s busy schedule. Now that my children are older, I am embracing the opportunity to participate in the fitness classes at Studio B and I am thrilled to be an instructor and help others achieve their goals of getting and staying healthy!

 

what keeps you motivated?

Dancing and being active makes me feel good physically and mentally.  I want to dance and be active for as long as my body will allow.  I celebrate my ability to use my body.  I want to set an example for my two daughters to live a healthy active lifestyle and achieve whatever they strive for.

 

awards/recognitions

  • NDA All American Award Recipient

  • NDA Instructor for summer dance camps

  • NDA Team National Champion held in San Diego, CA

  • NDA Team National Runner Up held in San Diego, CA

  • IHSDTA All State Team Member

  • IHSDTA Team State Champion

  • Performed for a commercial for Arni’s Pizza Restaurant 

  • Performed at the MDA Telethon held at Purdue University 

  • Studio Team performed at Purdue University Basketball games

  • Performed at several cancer walks

  • Attended dance conference and private workshop held by choreographers and performers from So You Think You Can Dance


certifications: 

  • CPR/AED

  • First Aid

 

licenses & training:

  • Jazz

  • Lyrical

  • Hip Hop

  • Ballet

  • Pom

why do you teach?

I love helping others realize and achieve their potential.  Dance and fitness are empowering and fun.  

 

why do you teach at studio b?

I began attending Studio B at the beginning of February 2019 by participating in the Feel the Love Fitness Challenge. The staff and members welcomed me and showed great kindness and encouragement.  It is such a wonderful environment.  I am honored to be an instructor to help others feel the same

any other fun facts you would like to share?

My husband, Kyle, and I have two daughters.  I enjoy spending time outside in nature, hiking, camping, bicycling, and swimming.  I love animals.  I have two cats and two dogs.  I have worked with animal rescue organizations and fostered cats and dogs.  I enjoy crafting of all sorts.

 

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