June 7-9, 2013
Pro-Ams (Top Female Teacher)
Once again my amazing students dominated the pro-am dance floor and walked away with overwhelming success in the pro-am division! My eight pro-am students included:
My pro-am students had more than 35 pro-am entries (yes that means I danced in 35 pro-am heats, don’t worry though, my legs didn’t actually fall off tee hee hee). Each and every pro-am student walked away with at least 1 pro-am 1st – 3rd placement and collectively more than 20 1st-3rd placements (see individual successes below)! Because of their hard work and dedication, I received the Top Female Teacher Award for Disco America 2013.
To view Erica and all of her pro-ams students at Disco America 2013 please click here. Big thanks to my mommy, Judy Smith, for taping all of my pro-ams!!
Amateur Just Hustle, Salsa, and West Coast Swing
This year, my wonderful students also dominated the amateur just hustle, salsa and west coast swing contests. With 12 just hustle, salsa and west coast swing entries, my amateur couples walked away with 9 1st – 3rd wins!
Hal Greenwald & Linda Marcus
Winston Colon-Moran & Linda Suralie
Wendall McClellan & Linda Suralie
Wendall McClellan & Essie Wright
Raymond Wong & Adela Vicenty
Erica’s Professional Division Contests
After a very long day of dancing full out in 42 pro-am heats and 5 and ½ hours of teaching, I had my own professional contests to compete in: Pro Just Hustle with Jaime Serna and J&J Invitational. I mustered up some energy and had a great time dancing with Jaime Serna in the Pro Just Hustle (song # 1, song # 2). Later that evening I drew my former dance partner, Jameson Kilburn, in the J&J Invitational prelims. It was so great to dance with Jameson again (song # 1, song # 2, song # 3), he is so amazing! I also had a great time dancing with Frank Paredes in the finals of the Invitational J&J. Since me and Frank have never danced together before, this was the true definition of a J&J (spotlight video, all skate)!
On Saturday evening I competed in the Pro 3 Dance Comp with Billy Fajardo. The competition was fierce! Couples included Billy & Veronica, Jameson & Christy, Erik & Anna, Raul & Yesenia, and Hazel & Tybaldt. Billy & I walked away with 2nd Place (salsa, wcs, hustle)!
Beginner WCS Workshop
On Saturday, I taught a Beginner WCS Workshop. I had a great group of students. We focused on the basics but added some stylization to the moves. A recap of the workshop can be found on the Workshop Video Notebook or the 2013 Weekend Event 4 DVD Set (click here).
2012 IHDA Top Female Teacher Awarded
Last but not least, the awards ceremony for the 2012 IHDA Points Awards took place after the Dinner Show at Disco America 2013. I was honored to have received the 2012 Top Female Teacher Award.]]>