Originally from Seattle, Wa, Erica Tarassoff received her formal training from Evergreen City Ballet (ECB). Joining the company by age 12, she performed Clara of the Nutcracker, excerpts of Swan Lake and Mid Summer's Night Dream. At ECB, she explored styles of jazz, modern, African tribal and character dance. At the age of 16, she joined a local Hip Hop group, ND MIX, and performed hip hop for KUBE93 radio station’s promotions, local concerts and summer festivals.
As an adult, she developed her training in multiple states and countries such as Millennium Dance Studios in Los Angeles, CA, Colorado ballet of Denver, Colorado, and Studio Harmonic in Paris, France. Then, she began her teaching career in Valencia, Spain in a small local gym. "Music and dance are universal. I didn't speak Spanish, but I ignited fun.", says Erica.
Here in San Diego, Erica works with The French America School in La Jolla, and is an approved Vendor with Inspire Charter Schools. She has worked with Julian Performing Arts Charter School, Coronado Academy of Dance, and Kids Dance Adventures. Also, she has danced with San Diego’s Rock Steady Dance Ministries and San Diego Dance Theater's Trolley Dances.
Her training continues at studios such as San Diego Dance Theater, San Diego City College, San Diego Ballet, varies teacher training/certifications.
“I dance for the joy that it brings, whether it be to me, a student, and/or the audience.”
Paloma began training on rhythmic gymnastics at the age of 6. And the next 15 years, she spent her time participating every year in the National Competitions in Spain as Club Acordes member.
In 2005, she decided to become a coach. In just 3 years, she earned her title as a Spanish National Coach and started her career coaching all levels of Rhythmic Gymnastics, from recreational classes to competition level. Paloma has been coaching in the US since 2014.
Paloma graduated in Sport Sciences (University of A Coruna, 2013) and earned an MBA Sports Management (Madrid European University, 2015). She loves working with children and helping them enjoy the sport.
Classes: Rhythmic Gymnastics & Stretch
Coach & Instructor
Emily Merrell began training in dance at the age of 11; taking ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, and lyrical at South Coast Performing Arts in Orange County. Overtime, she grew a love for the art of dance and the beauty in the expression of oneself in dance.
Emily continued dancing all throughout high school with her schools competitive dance team. She was captain of her team both her junior and senior year. Throughout those four years, they kept their national champion titles in several styles.
What Emily loves most about dance is that you learn that you are capable of being anything you want to be. Emily is looking forward to let the kids free their creative minds!
Emily is now studying Psychology and Nutrition at Point Loma Nazerene University. She is looking forward in learning about child psychology and adolescent development even while teaching and playing with the kids at SD Dance with Me.
Hi! My name is Rylaigh Lord, I'm 14 years old and am attending Coronado High School in the dance conservatory other wise known as COSA. I have been dancing for 11 years at places like San Diego City Youth Ballet, h2a dance team, San Diego Ballet and I am currently studying at City Ballet in San Diego. I have been working with young dancers for about 2 years now and have been babysitting and helping out with dance camps and more for about 4 years.
When I grow up, I would love to pursue my dancing career in anyway possible. I would LOVE to be a Prima-Ballerina. I think that touring the world while doing something I love would be a dream come true. Some of my other interests are Ice Skating, Baseball and reading. However, my passion is in choreography and working with younger kids.
I love working with kids and spreading the joy of dance. As much as I love to dance myself there is nothing better than inspiring others through something as powerful and fantastic as dance.
Lilian fell in love with dance at a very early age, and after trying various styles of dance she decided to specialize in classical Ballet and Modern at the age of 12. 2010 marked the beginning of her professional training with the Contemporary Dance Company Lux Boreal where she specialized in Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Anatomy, Dance History and Stage Production.
In 2014, she became a full-time early childhood educator and dancer. Lilian has a K-12 Dance Teacher Certification from UNLV. Since January 2018, she has been teaching dance to 3rd graders as part of San Diego Dance Theater's School Outreach program.