Erica Garcia | Company Apprentice
Erica began dancing at the age of four in the western Chicago suburbs, where she was born and raised, at a local community center. In elementary school, she discovered the Dance Corner in Addison, IL where she trained in ballet, jazz, and lyrical under Lyndi Van Zandt, later joining the studio’s competitive dance team the New Horizons Dance Company. Throughout her early technical training, she also studied classical ballet and pointe at the Youth Ballet Theatre of Chicago in Bloomingdale, IL with Avnun Yakubov, performing in his US premiere ballet production of Bambi; along with studying ballet, pointe, and various multicultural dance forms at the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center under Homer Bryant. During this time she auditioned and was selected to be in Chicago’s Joel Hall’s production Nuts & Bolts, a critically acclaimed jazz/contemporary reimagining of the Nutcracker.
In high school, Erica joined Willowbrook High School’s Orchesis Dance Program in Villa Park, IL as an advanced level dancer, performing various types of dance. In 2013, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology with a minor in Psychology at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO, where she danced with the Griffin Girls Dance Team. Erica strives to grow her dance repertoire, such as through taking dance workshops with her brother who also dances, learning from hip hop dancers and choreographers such as Ian Eastwood and Wildabeast Adams. After spending two years in Philadelphia, PA to begin Drexel University’s Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling Master’s program, Erica moved back to St. Louis in 2015, where she then studied and performed pole dance and aerial arts through Pink Lemon Studio and Mynx Academy, which broadened her artistry and creative expression.
Erica is currently finishing up her Master’s program in Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling through Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She is excited to be joining the CKDC family and continuing her journey as a dancer, mover, and artist.