I am an in demand dance instructor who has achieved 4 straight years of Top Pro status on Thumbtack.com, where you can read (also on Yelp) my 60+ 5-star reviews from satisfied clients.
I am a dance artist, choreographer, performer, dance educator and dance fitness professional. I have an extensive professional background in many forms of dance, movement and fitness (ballet, modern and contemporary dance,hip hop, jazz dance, ballroom, swing dance, social partner dance, dance fitness, Zumba, yoga, pilates, children and senior dance, flash mobs and choreography). I have been teaching dance and fitness for 2 decades. I have trained at top level schools, as well as performed professionally as a dancer for 3 decades. I have been choreographing for groups, solos and duets for 2 decades. I have a huge passion and enthusiasm for dance, and I love sharing it with my students.
I am available for private and group instruction for children, adults and seniors in dance styles including swing dance, ballroom dance, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, jazz, dance fitness and line dancing. I can create exciting choreography tailored to your level (beginners through advanced) for individuals or groups. I have created dances for weddings (both for the bride and groom, father/daughter, mother/son and for the wedding party), surprise dance flash mobs for various events, and over 40 works for professional dance companies, festivals and performance venues as well as training programs.
I also provide professional dance entertainment tailored to your specific event, whether you need flappers performing a Charleston dance for your 1920's theme party, country western dancers doing the 2-step along with line dancing instruction for your barn dance, or 1940's style swing dancers doing the lindy-hop and jitterbug. Adding this kind of live entertainment to your event will make it exciting, engaging for guests and unforgettable!!
I love to dance and to inspire the inner dancer that lives in every person. I am totally joyful when dancing, and it is my greatest pleasure to spark that joy in others.
I also love seeing the positive transformation that occurs in my clients by working with me. Their confidence, energy and happiness soars. And couples find that their ability to connect and create intimacy and romance blossom by dancing together. It's AWESOME!
I am passionate about sharing the gift of movement through my upbeat, encouraging and fun teaching style. I want you to have a total blast while learning to dance. YES, YOU CAN DANCE!!
Erin is the dance teacher I was waiting for. She provides a comforting yet challenging environment to learn dance in and has transformed not only my dance technique but also how I use my body mindfully to eliminate performance anxiety and own the stage. She is amazing for any styles of dance and is attentive, charismatic, extremely qualified, and has even become a huge role model for me. I came to her with a lot of past insecurities and trauma around not feeling like I was able to dance, and Erin has begun to transform who I thought I was into a confident and skilled dancer and woman. When teaching a movement, she goes in depth into what muscles to engage and what parts to relax as well as how your body should position and support itself so you can dance your best! She also tunes into your needs and wants throughout the lesson and is eager to answer any questions or take time to explain a movement or combination thoroughly. I cannot recommend her more. If you’ve been aching to find a private dance teacher who will bring you a movement revolution, here she is!
ERIN PARSLEY - Dance Artist, Educator and Choreographer
Erin has danced professionally for ballet, modern, and jazz companies across the country, including Labayen Dance/SF, Ballet Chicago and the Chicago Ballet, and for choreographers such as Yannis Adoniou, Robert Sund and Brian Carey Chung. She trained at schools including the San Francisco and Joffrey Ballets and LINES Ballet School, and Broadway Dance Center in NYC. She is an award winning dancer receiving honors from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, who has performed at the Tanz Theater International Dance Festival in Bonn and Bielefeld, Germany. She has choreographed over 40 works in diverse styles that have been shown around the country and in Canada. Most recently, she has been seen appearing in her own work, for the FREEdom DANCEfest at the Cowell Theater, The San Francisco Movement Arts Festival at Grace Cathedral, and West Wave Dance Festival at Z Space.
She has been a featured educator at various dance academies across the nation, including the ODC School, Rhythm and Motion, the Alameda Ballet Academy, and the Ruth Page Dance Center; and is an in-demand teacher at several Bay Area studios, including her current position at the Peninsula Ballet Theatre. She mentors aspiring professional dancers and her students have been accepted to schools such as Joffrey Midwest Dance, LINES Ballet School, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, The Ailey School Professional Division, InnerSpark (California State Summer School for the Arts), and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre Professional Division.
She is recognized as a Top Pro on Thumbtack, receiving numerous accolades and 5-star reviews from her clients - who come to her for private dance lessons, choreography and wedding dance coaching. Erin has been a featured speaker and performer, leading flash mobs and entire rooms of people in powerful group dance experiences, in the worldwide movement "One Billion Rising”.
Through her passionate, clear and empowering teaching style, she provides students with a solid foundation of excellent technique, guides them into a happy harmony with their bodies, and inspires them to awaken their mind-body connection and vibrant joy through their dancing!
Private sessions (for one person or a couple) are $100. I offer great discounts on multi-session package deals. Try one session and you'll probably want more! (Most students do!)
I have literally been dancing all of my life: since I was 3 years old!! I have totally devoted my life to dance. It is my passion!!! I love sharing my expertise with my students and sparking that joy and passion in them.
Clients seek my dance instruction and choreography services for many different reasons. Maybe they are a bride and groom or wedding party preparing for an upcoming wedding, event organizers who want to bring their guests an unforgettable experience by adding exciting dance entertainment or group instruction to their event. They may be people wanting to learn something new and exercise and socialize, or they are aspiring professional dancers wanting elite-level coaching. I work with students at all levels of dance experience, from absolute beginners and those who want to have fun and learn the most basic moves, all the way to serious students with advanced training. I love meeting you at whatever level you are at, even if you think you have two left feet! (Because believe me, ANYONE can have fun dancing!!)