Christopher Erk began teaching Tap at the age of 15, while touring the U.S. as the youngest member of Tap Dogs. He served as a faculty member of Gil Stroming’s Break the Floor Productions for five years and went on to be the Creative Coordinator for Jump. He has held several residences as company teacher and choreographer of competitive dance studios including Tom Karety’s in the Spotlight and Valerie Harmen’s The Art of Dance in New Jersey. While living in New York City, Christopher was frequently invited to teach Tap at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway, as well as a guest teacher at regional and touring events for Dance Masters of America, Dance Educators of America, and Anthony Russo’s Tap the Map.
Christopher has served as Adjunct Faculty of the Musical Theater Department at Wright State University under the direction of Joe Deer teaching Tap and Introduction to Dance for non-majors. He also offered a recreational Tap program at Sinclair Community College. As Founding Artistic Director of the Tap Factor, he would unite professional dancers and non-dancers of all-abilities in all-inclusive community presentations and engagement, as they focused on team building and outreach through dance. Christopher’s programming facilitations have been administered with several organizations and institutions including Anthony Schriver’s Best Buddies – presented at Carnegie Hall, the Boys and Girls Club of America, Columbia University, and the New School, where Christopher had graduated from it’s School for Public Engagement. He offers in-studio workshop focuses on developing leadership qualities in dance studios who are interested in using dance to help make the world a better place, and his 45-min primary-school assembly, Feet Speak, also imparts how music connects us all, and demonstrates that through audience participation. He continues to work intently with both recreation and professional dancers alike in online sessions out of his studio in Los Angeles.
Christopher toured internationally with Tap Dogs from 1997-2002 as a Swing/Performer/Dance Captain, with whom he reunited in 2015 as the Lead/Dance Captain. He is an original cast member and co choreographer of Gil Stroming’s Break the Floor, performed in the 1999 New York City Fringe Festival as well as several off-Broadway Theaters. He also was an original cast member and act contributor of Jared Grimes’ Broadway Underground at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill. He traveled to Amman Jordan as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. with Noah Racey and his New York Song and Dance Co. He also was a Guest Artist with contributing choreography in Noah Racey’s Pulse, at the Asolo Repertory Theater in Sarasota, FL. Christopher is an original cast member and co choreographer of the Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance Production, Tap Stars, which had a nine-week run at the St. Pauli Theater in Hamburg Germany. He joined the European Tour of Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox as their Tap dancer as well as on other private functions. In Las Vegas, Christopher performed as a guest in Spiegelworld Entertainment’s Vegas Nocturne, in the Cosmopolitan’s Rose Rabbit Lie, as well as created and performed a unique act in their production of Absinthe at Caesars Palace. His original productions Tap in the Night and Feet Speak have traveled aboard the top two luxury ships in the world, Hapag Lloyd’s MS Europa I and II. Now based in L.A he continues to produce entertainment and shows, which have been seen at venues such as the Avalon and SoHo house in Beverly Hills, and has been frequently invited to teach Tap at the Edge.
Specializing in all levels from recreational to professional dancers, Christopher pairs Tap steps with everyday movements like walking and skipping, to demonstrate how natural and comfortable Tap dancing can be. He believes that before you can apply style to theatrical demands, you must feel comfortable executing the steps within your own skin. An important part of the process is finding and maintaining a genuine connection to the music or groove within the movement. With these elements in tack, you’ll feel free to take Tap dance anywhere you want to go!