Erika R. Moore is a dancer, choreographer, actress and creative producer with a mission in life is to use the arts as a tool to inspire, encourage and influence generations.
Moore’s father was a filmmaker, actor, writer and producer in Los Angeles, CA. Attending table reads, casting calls and tappings at studios in Hollywood was a normal daddy daughter date she loved and loathed. Her outlet became dance and her studies. Performing with Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Positive Steps Dance team and high school performance arts department she appeared in shows with up and coming Hip Hop artists, at WNBA/NBA games, community events, competition, concerts and showcases across the state.
Moore’s father was adamant about her attending college and in partnership with one of her dearest friends she attended Arizona State Univeirsty. At that time Moore pursued dance and BioMedical Engineering but after suffering a knee injury and the death of her grandmother; former actress and model in the 1940’s and 50’s, she found herself in servicing the community through campus and community organizations such as the NAACP, Special Olympics of Arizona, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and Valley of the Sun United Way. Performance became a hobby to her career in nonprofit until she was invited to dance in Rio de Janiero, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina with a local dance company. While there she taught dance, improv and music workshops in the favelas. Performed at various locations throughout the city and assisted in developing curriculum for art based programs in neighboring schools. It was during this trip Moore understood the global impact of the arts and the importance of black representation and was determined to devote more time to developing herself to serve people around the globe.
Leaving the human service sector behind Moore went back to school and received a MFA in Dance and landed a position at ASU Gammage. While there she assisted in presenting such artists as Lemon Anderson, Vijay Iyer, Camille A. Brown, Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Sandford Biggers and Dance Theatre of Harlem. She received an internship through the Association for Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM) and worked on the touring Broadway show, PIPPIN. Taking advantage of her proximity to Broadway she atended musical theater acting and dance master classes with stars from Motown the Musical, Newsies, 42nd Street and Beautiful – the Carole King.
In addition to gaining training on and off the stage with Broadway and performing artist, Moore worked with McArthur Genius award winning choreographer Liz Lerman to produce her thesis project “Movement Speaks” – an interdisciplinary dance theater project. Through her produced work and professional credibility she became the resident choreographer for Rising Youth Theater Company and AZ Black Theater Troupe where she worked on the productions of The WIZ, Black Nativity and the 100th Day Play. She became an contributing choreographer to Liz Lerman’s new work, WICKED Bodies, host of Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership Institute, apprentice to Contra Tiempo at Cal State Fresno Summer Arts Program and grantee of the U.S. State Department and U.S Embassy Cultural Department in Beijing, China, for her participation in the World Academy for the Future of Women Artist Facilitator program.
When an opportunity opened up for her to move to NYC she took it and has not looked back. Currently, Moore works at NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. For more on Erika R Moore (pun intended) you can reach her at info@erikaRmoore.com – do not forget the R.