Founder of Rx Ballroom Dance and Executive Director
Erin has extensive experience in education and business development, both in the private and nonprofit sectors. As a professional ballroom dancer and education professional, she is a
graduate from UCLA with a master’s degree in Education, specializing in teaching populations
with special needs. This unique combination gives her the skills to write curriculum, understand
higher levels of dance theory, and adapt instruction to best benefit Rx Ballroom Dance’s
participant population with neurological conditions. Erin has served on the boards of other
nonprofits with responsibilities that included developing programs and their evaluative criteria,
strategic planning, and managing fundraising and donor campaigns.
Tricia is a Professional Ballroom Dancer & Life Coach. Tricia has been teaching Ballroom Dance for over 25 years. Specializing in techniques that help strengthen mind, body and soul through dance, music and movement. She has worked within the chiropractic and physical therapy world to continue to enhance her knowledge of the body and mechanics. As a life coach, she believes in the power of a positive environment to help her clients improve, heal and be able to work from their potential.
Alexandra “Sasha” Hopwood
Sasha began her dance journey at the age of 7 and has had an accomplished career on the national and international level in Ukraine, England and the U.S. as a junior, amateur and professional ballroom dancer. She is also a KAY certified Kids Yoga instructor and has taken PESI Inc. programs Aging Brain, Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias and “Break
Through” Self-Regulation Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism, ADHD, Sensory or Emotional Challenges.
Bailey is a competitive ballroom dance instructor with over 10 years of experience. She is known for being very thorough in her lessons, correcting her students’ errors while making sure
that the lessons are fun. Bailey possess excellent customer service skills and professionalism
with clients, and she’s knowledgeable in administrative, managerial and field aspects of the ballroom dance instruction business.
Michelle is a recent transplant from Arizona. This talented dancer and teacher is excited to share her knowledge and experience with North County dancers. Michelle has over 10 years of teaching experience specializing in teaching students with special needs. She teaches everything from salsa to waltz and is excited to work with the Rx Ballroom Dance program!
Birgit has over 25 years of experience in technical editing and content writing. She previously served as editing department manager at an environmental consulting firm, and in 2016 she became an independent contractor for content writing and editing. Birgit witnessed the devastation of Alzheimer’s when her mother became ill in 2010. While her mom has since lost her battle with this disease, her love of music and dance had an enormous impact in lifting up her spirits and keeping her present with her family for longer than medical experts thought possible. Birgit started taking ballroom lessons in 2012 and appreciates the engagement of both her mind and body that comes with learning this beautiful artform. Also, after a challenging day, a ballroom lesson is just what the doctor ordered to clear her mind and end her day with joy. When the opportunity arose to write grants for Rx Ballroom Dance in August 2018, Birgit knew she had to be involved because she strongly believes in the positive effects ballroom dancing has on people suffering from neurodegenerative illnesses based on her personal family experience.