Degrees and Certifications:

Master of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies – Arizona State University, New College – Awarded May 2014 Capstone/Thesis: Choreographic Process, Performance, and Readability Bachelor of Fine Arts - Arizona State University, College of Fine Arts - awarded May 2006 Major: Dance Education Minor: Writing Certificate through ASU’s English department Arizona State University, College of Education - May 2006 Initial Teaching Certification program –DOE certified Certifications International Baccalaureate Dance Certified – 2011, 2012 Arizona Department of Education Teaching Certified, Secondary Dance Education - 2006

Elissa Ericson

Welcome to Beginning Dance and Falcon Dance Company

Ms. Ericson is in her 17th year of teaching dance at Cactus Shadows High School. She was initially trained in classical Ballet in Massachusetts before attending Arizona State University and discovering a love for Modern Dance. Ms. Ericson hold a B.F.A in Dance Education and a M.A in Interdisciplinary Arts.       

 Contact Me: Elissa Ericson

Phone: (480) 575 - 2576

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My Educational Philosophy/Personal Teaching Statement:

I am a dance educator who is passionate about inspiring young dance artists. I am approachable and committed to offering stimulating and challenging dance curriculum to my students. In my first four years teaching dance at a public high school, I grew the dance program from 120 to 290 dancers. I am infectious about my art, and I am able to create a classroom environment where my students are too. My primary interest is merging contemporary issues, historical moments, and contextualizing cultures with dance, and then bringing them to performance. Additionally, I enjoy exploring rhetorical theories and their connections to historical and contemporary dance choreography, as well as  persuasive writing and dance-creating on public issues, while focusing on arts in Arizona.