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"I Dance With a Boston Accent" performance at Bates College Alumni Performance May 2011 Choreography by Kate Digby and Erin Gottwald Photo by Rastko Kovacevic

"I Dance With a Boston Accent" performance at Bates College Alumni Performance May 2011

Choreography by Kate Digby and Erin Gottwald

Photo by Rastko Kovacevic

About Erin

Erin’s first choreographic masterpieces were performed barefoot in her living room and set to the music of her parents’ Motown collection: Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight & The Pips (among others). Erin enrolled in her first dance class as a toddler and for seven years continued to juggle her ballet, tap and jazz studies with baseball, soccer and figure skating. Athleticism and physicality infuse her teaching. Throughout her professional dance career, Erin has shared her passion for dance with students of all ages. While incorporating the fundamentals of ballet (alignment, posture, balance, flexibility), her classes also explore what classical training ignores: asymmetry, inversion, supple spines and the idea of a soft floor. Musicality and muscularity are emphasized as students begin to discover their potential as performers. She has taught children and adults for over 18 years.

Originally from Stoneham, Massachusetts, Erin received 11 years of formal training and graduated from the professional division of the Boston Ballet School. She holds a BA in Theater from Bates College and a BA Hons from the London Contemporary Dance School in London, England. She has taught throughout the United States, most notably at the Boston Ballet (Boston, Massachusetts), Juneau Dance Theatre (Juneau, Alaska),), New Mexico School of the Arts (Santa Fe, New Mexico) and Bates College (Lewiston, Maine). She has participated in dance residencies at The Yard, The Putney School, Greensboro Ballet and the National Dance Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Erin celebrated her fifth season as part of the cast of David Parker & The Bang Group’s Nut/Cracked with performances in Turin & Asti, Italy. Other recent performance credits include: Sokolow Theater Dance, Hole Dance Films, Digby Dance and on Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie.” Her choreography has been featured on television: USA “Royal Pains” and CBS “Elementary” and Macys and GAP Kids Holiday commercials.  Her ongoing collaboration with John Carrafa was named one of the Top 10 Dance Highlights of 2012 by the Boston Phoenix. And in June 2014, Erin will return as a Guest Teacher at Juneau Dance Theater’s Summer Intensive.


Take Erin's Dance Classes in NYC

Athleticism and physicality infuse her teaching. Throughout her professional dance career, Erin has shared her passion for dance with students of all ages. While incorporating the fundamentals of ballet (alignment, posture, balance, flexibility), her classes also explore what classical training ignores: asymmetry, inversion, supple spines and the idea of a soft floor. Musicality and muscularity are emphasized as students begin to discover their potential as performers. She has taught children and adults for over 15 years.

Erin’s classes are geared towards the student who has studied dance for at least three years and takes a minimum of two classes per week.

To register for classes or get more info, please contact her directly erin@eringottwald.com