The UMass dance program and FCDD welcome Erica Wilson-Perkins as Guest Artist in Jazz Dance and Choreography for 2013-14. Erica received her BFA in Dance from Columbia College in South Carolina and MFA in Dance from Florida State University. She has served as full-time faculty at the University of Illinois, Wayne State University and Columbia College Chicago, and is the founder of CounterGroove Dance Company, which spawned such notable choreographers/dancers as Sonya Teyah (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE) and William B. McClellan (Dayton Contemporary Dance Co.). Erica's innovative dance work has been performed by numerous college dance companies and professional companies including Erison Dancers, Ormao Dance Company, Colorado Dance Theater, MoDaColab and others. Most recently, Erica was commissioned by the National Association of Latinos and Cultural Arts (NALAC) to create an evening of contemporary dance honoring the bicentennial of the 1910 Mexican Revolution. We look forward to Erica bringing her unique jazz dance technique, HouseJazz, to the Five Colleges.
During fall 2013, Erica will be teaching Jazz Dance 3/5 and Modern Strengthening, and co-teaching Musical Theater with William Hite (Music Faculty) and Gina Kaufmann (Theater Faculty).