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In Focus: Erin Marsh (Contemporary Series)

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Erin Marsh is a Tampa native and grew up dancing at Mary Jo’s Performing Arts Academy. There she was a member of their competition team and attended many dance conventions and master classes.  She has been dancing for 21 years. She holds a B. A. in Psychology from the University of South Florida, as well as a minor in dance. During college she danced at Busch Gardens, began dancing with VYB Dance Company, and started teaching at Contempo School of Dance. Her choreography for their competition team has won awards at local dance competitions. After graduation she moved to New York City where she traveled with New York City Dance Alliance during their national tour and took classes with well-known choreographers like Joe Lanteri, Suzi Taylor, Jared Grimes, Luam, and Rhapsody. Her performance credits include productions of FameFootloose, VYB’s Kanvas, IIFA Bollywood awards, Cocktails X Couture, and back up dancing for Bubblapalooza. Recently, she choreographed for Sweet Charity and Shrek the Musical, joined Tampa Modern Dance Company, and had the opportunity to dance in Set It Off’s new music video “Ancient History.” Currently she teaches hip-hop and contemporary at Elsa Pardo Dance Center and choreographs for their competition team.

In Focus: Erin Marsh

Why do you dance?

“That’s easy – I dance because it makes me happy and I get to express who I am and share my passion with others.”

Who would you say is your inspiration?

“My biggest inspiration comes from my fellow dancers who I take class from and dance with.  The support, love, and motivation in the dance community pushes me to be better.”

How would you best describe your style?

“I would have to say that I’m a versatile dancer and I love to dance and choreograph to all styles.  If I had to label it though, my style is a fusion of jazz, contemporary, and hiphop.”

What some advice you would give young dancers about the industry?

“Follow your dreams and always stay positive no matter what.  Don’t let rejection discourage you from pushing forward.  Keep training and growing to be the best dancer you can be.”


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