Erin S. Smith, a former dancer with the Columbia City Ballet in South Carolina, holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in dance from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from The University of Akron.
Erin has received scholarships to the Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and the Vaganova Festival in Pittsburgh, PA.
In ballet, she has studied with Jerry Burr, Inna Stabrova, Gabriella Komleva, Cynthia Harvey, Arnold Spohr, William Starrett and many others. Her modern training has been with Lana Carroll-Heylock, Tom Evert, Ian Horvath, Colette Bischer-Choate, John McLaughlin, Jan Van Dyke, John Gamble, Rick McCullough, Leslie Dworkin and Kent DeSpain.
She has served as the Vice-President for the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (OAHPERD) and she has choreographed for “A Children’s Theatre Workshop” in Hudson, OH.
Erin has been a dance instructor at Kent State University since 1997 and she has also taught dance at the University of Akron.
Erin joined her husband, Mark, in 1996 at Studio West. Since then, her commitment to training and inspiring dancers of all ages has been consistent and successful. She has won numerous choreography awards for her creativity and ingenuity. Erin hopes to help all of her students develop a deep appreciation and love for the artform.