My first Modern with Yvonne Gagliardo class from Aging Creatively series was inspiring, beautiful and challenging. I turned 55 last summer, and was contemplating joining San Diego Dance Theater's classes for 55+ ever since. Today, I finally found courage to try one such class. The teacher and the dancers were very welcoming and gave me lots of praise. I really enjoyed proper dance routines, and dance combinations. I had not done any dancing for a really long time, so it was a comforting feeling that I still have some movement left in my body.
Originally from Seattle, Wa, Erica Tarassoff received her formal training from Evergreen City Ballet (ECB). Joining the company by age 12, she performed Clara of the Nutcracker, excerpts of Swan Lake and Mid Summer's Night Dream. At ECB, she explored styles of jazz, modern, African tribal and character dance. At the age of 16, she joined a local Hip Hop group, ND MIX, and performed hip hop for KUBE93 radio station’s promotions, local concerts and summer festivals.
As an adult, she developed her dance training in multiple states and countries such as Millennium Dance Studios in Los Angeles, CA, Colorado ballet of Denver, Colorado, and Studio Harmonic in Paris, France. Then, she began her teaching career in Valencia, Spain in a small local gym. “Music and dance are universal. I didn't speak Spanish, but I ignited fun.”, says Erica.
Here in San Diego, Erica has worked with La Jolla's French American School, Inspire Charter Schools, Julian Performing Arts Charter School, Coronado Academy of Dance, and Kids Dance Adventures. Also, she has danced with San Diego’s Rock Steady Dance Ministries and San Diego Dance Theater's Trolley Dances.
Her training continues at studios such as San Diego Dance Theater, San Diego City College, San Diego Ballet, varies teacher training/certifications.
“I dance for the joy that it brings, whether it be to me, a student, and/or the audience.”