West Coast Swing and Hustle in CT

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Teaching Experience

ailey-extensionIn February 2012, Erik and Anna Novoa were invited to teach two beginner master-classes at The Ailey Extension - the adult dance wing of Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. Attendees ranged from first time dancers, who had no prior experience to working-professional dancers. This was the first time that any West Coast Swing professional had ever taught at the Ailey Extension.

Oberlin CollegeIn October 2010, Erik & Anna were invited to teach a two-day West Coast Coast Swing Intensive at Oberlin College.  During this weekend long event, over 100 students were taught lessons from the basic level to the advanced level.  By the end of the weekend, students were dancing West Coast Swing with each other.

midsummer-night-swing-2009In July of 2009, Erik & Anna taught for over 500 people at Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing for the performance of the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.  Erik was personally requested by the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy based upon his instruction during their last visit 4 years prior.

Chicago Rebels Swing Dance ClubIn April and November of 2007, Erik & Anna taught Hustle as guest instructors for the Chicago Rebels Swing Club. They were featured because of their ability to teach both Hustle and West Coast Swing, which enables them to social dances with all the participants.

Upper Valley Swing Club New HampsireIn October 2007, Erik & Anna were featured to teach West Coast Swing workshops for Upper Valley Swing Club in Hanover, NH. They also taught their famous class on Spins and Turns and Part II of their Mini Routine.

Ludlow, VT West Coast Swing ClubIn September 2007, Erik and Anna were invited to teach West Coast Swing for the Ludlow Recreation Swing Dance Club.  They taught some variation on anchors, Part I of their Mini-Routine and the beginner class.

uwmbda In June 2007, Erik was the first instructor to teach West Coast Swing and NY Hustle to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Ballroom Dance Association. The each class had over 80 people during the summer kickoff party (during the off-season of the University).

girl scouts In March 2007, Erik worked with the Girl Scout Brownies of Trumbull, CT.  He introduced them to the basic steps of Swing dancing and discussed his dance training and history with them.

CT-Ballet-Center In January and February of 2007, Erik taught and demonstrated West Coast Swing to the Connecticut Ballet Company for their historical dance series at local community elementary schools.

youshouldbedancing2 From 2005 to 2008, Erik has established his Platinum West Coast Swing & Hustle party once a month. He is also the only instructor to have taught West Coast Swing workshops at that studio in 2006.

empire dance logo-small From October 2003 to August 2005, Erik (and former partner Laura) started the Hustle and West Coast Swing department at Empire Dance. As one of the only couples to compete and teach both dances, were able to create an environment that did not exist previously.  Through their efforts, they established a monthly WCS and Hustle party which brought both dances and both communities together.

Stepping-Out From 2003-2005, Erik (and former partner Laura) was the featured Hustle instructor before the weekly Hustle dance at Stepping Out Dance Studios. He was brought in for his technical and entertaining teaching style and because of his ability to bring people together with his marketing skills. He felt that the lesson before the dance helped increase the level of beginner and intermediate dancers with usable social patterns which highlight universal dance techniques.

steps-on-broadwayFrom 2002-2003, Erik (and former partner Laura) started the only Beginner and Intermediate West Coast Swing classes at one of the most prestigious dance studios in all of New York City. He attracted local residence as well as new ballet/jazz dancers that attended class at the studio. Erik felt that this was the best way to expose professional dancers to West Coast Swing while at the same time introducing the general social dancer to other formal forms of dance.

equinox-logoFrom 2002-2005, Erik (and former partner Laura) were the only teachers in the country to be teaching West Coast Swing and Hustle as part of the Equinox Fitness Club in New York City.  Teaching partner dancing helped members develop coordination while creating an interaction that is rarely developed as part of a fitness program.  Erik and Laura taught at various Equinox's throughout the city and loved to expose members to a different way to enjoy a cardiovascular activity.


DanceSport Erik taught Beginner, Intermediate and the Advanced West Coast Swing class at DanceSport from March 2002 to February 2003. He single-handedly developed a West Coast Swing program, complete with a great party which was open to the public. Erik's clear technique in the Beginner level, exciting choreography for the Advanced level and weekly email updates of dance venues and class notes kept all of his classes packed.

 

Other Classes around the Country

Dance Dimensions 2009-2014 Norwalk, CT
Rhythm Night Club 2008 Norwalk, CT
The Palms 2008 Stamford, CT
The Field Restaurant 2007 Black Rock, CT
Ludlow Town Hall 2007 Ludlow, VT
Club Ballroom 2007 Derby, CT
Ziggy's 2006-2007 Fairfield, CT
Black Bear Saloon 2006-2007 South Norwalk, CT
Temple Bar 2006 Stamford, CT
Bradford's Bar & Grill 2006 Stamford, CT
Al's Place 2006 Fairfield, CT
Arthur Murray Las Vegas 2002 Las Vegas, NV
Ballroom Legacy 2005-2006 Sea Cliff, NY
Beat Street Dance Studio Philadelphia, PA
Boston Tea Party 2001-2006 Cambridge/Framingham, MA
Cape Cod Classic 2002 Cape Cod, MA
Cherry Hill Dance Club Cherry Hill, MD
Circle of Life 2005-2006 East Hartford, CT
Colorado Cafe 2002-2003 Watchetung, NJ
Dance Dimensions Norwalk, CT
DanceSport 2002-2003 New York, NY
Dancing Feats Newton, MA
Disco America 2003-2005 NJ, PA
Equinox at 92nd Street & Broadway New York, NY
Equinox at 52nd Street & 2nd  Ave New York, NY
Galaxy Dance Club Washington DC
Healthtrax Fitness/Dance Club Providence, RI
Hop Swing & A Jump New York, NY
Longfellows Dance Club Weymouth, MA
Metropolitan Dance Center 2005-2007 Stamford, CT
New Year’s Extravaganza 2002-2007 Danvers, MA
North Atlantic Dance Championships 2003 Secaucus, NJ
Pacific Hustle & Salsa Dance Classic 2003 San Francisco, CA
Rhythm Room Hartford, CT
Rhythms In Motion Stratford, CT
Swingin’ New England 2000-2005 Falmouth, MA
Summer Hummer 2000-2004 CT, MA
TwirltheGirl 2003 Bristol, CT
World Gym at Mercer Street New York, NY
World Hustle Dance Championships 2001-2 Las Vegas, NV; Secuacus NJ
You Should Be Dancing 2005-2006 New York, NY

 

 

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Norwalk, CT

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