Erica Smith is a versatile dancer from Silver Spring, MD with extensive backgrounds in ballet, hustle, salsa and west coast swing. With more than 10 years of ballet experience, Erica performed with ballet companies from all over the world including, but not limited to, the Joffery Ballet, the Royal Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, and the Washington School of Ballet prior to beginning her partner dance training.
Erica was first introduced to hustle and salsa in her years at UC Berkeley School of Law, and has been adding her sparkle to the social dance world ever since. With almost 20 Advanced Amateur 1st place wins under her belt, Erica was arguably the Top Female Amateur Hustle Competitor for two years prior to her professional status. Since becoming a professional competitor, Erica has garnered 1st place in numerous Professional Just Hustle and Invitational Jack & Jill Hustle divisions across the country.
In 2007, Erica was pictured in US Weekly alongside Shane Sparks and in TV Guide Magazine coined Erica the “Disco-Dancing Lawyer” after she performed a Just Hustle that earned her a spot in Vegas on the syndicated television series “So You Think You Can Dance.” In 2010, Erica pioneered and co-choreographed the first ever Hustle Flash Mob which has been viewed more than 41,000 times on YouTube. The Hustle Flash Mob has garnered the attention of media outlets and has been performed both nationally and internationally. The International Hustle Dance Association (IHDA) has named Erica Smith a “New Pioneer” for her contribution to Hustle.
In 2008, Erica won a US Open Swing Dance title in the Strictly Hand Dance division and in 2010 Erica became a World Professional Triple Threat Champion. In addition, Erica has been at the top ranks of west coast swing for over three years and currently competes at the All-Star/Professional level.
In addition to competing, Erica is very passionate about sharing her love of dance with her students. Erica has received Top Teacher awards at MADjam, Swing Fling, DCSX and Disco America. In addition, Erica was awarded the 2012, 2013 and 2014 IHDA Top Female Teacher Award.
Erica is a brilliant dancer who guarantees to leave an impression on her audiences and her students.