Esther Erickson - Company Director
Miss Essie is a graduate of Naugatuck Valley Community College with an Associate's Degree in Fine Arts and Certificate of Dance. She was a lifelong resident of Bristol, CT. Miss Essie has been dancing since the age of five, and competing in dance since the age of nine, As an adult, Miss Essie was chosen to perform with Earl Mosley's Diversity in Dance Professional Modern Company. She participated in the USA World Showcase televised talent competition and was awarded First Place in the Adult Dance Category.
Miss Essie taught dance for competitive companies and, most notably, received the Choreographer of the Year Award representing the state of Connecticut for the American Dance Awards Competition. She was also crowned Olympic Miss Dance of CT in 2003. In addition to teaching professionally for the past 10 years, she has also provided dance instruction and choreography for numerous studios, pageants, showcases and performances. She has been recognized by the Miss America Association for her opening number choreography.
In 2007, Essie joined the esteemed faculty of Doreen's Dance Center as a member of their core faculty. Miss Essie teaches tap, jazz, lyrical, technique jazz and acrobatics.
In 2010, Miss Essie won the Best Overall Choreography for a Broadway style Jazz routine at one of the regional competitions. In 2012 her "Jet Set" dance routine won best overall number at multiple regional competitions. She is the Acrobatics Company instructor and she also choreographs for Doreen's Dance Company students. She looks forward to the opportunity to share her love for dance with you!