Dance Faculty
Physical Education & Human Performance
Dance Education | BS
University Assistant
Events & Logistics Management
Harrison J. Kaiser Hall
Or by appointment

Erica Nelson is a classically trained dancer who received her BFA in Dance Performance with University Honors from The Hartt School, University of Hartford. She is pursuing her Master’s in Arts Leadership and Cultural Management from Colorado State University. Erica has been teaching at Central since 2017 in the Dance Education Department as an adjunct faculty member and production manager. Her courses include Beginning and Intermediate Ballet, Beginning Modern, Dance History, and Dance Production and Administration. She also acts as the faculty advisor and Director of the student dance performance company, Dancentral. In addition to her educational and extracurricular leadership at the school, Erica works part time as an assistant director in technical operations producing, directing, and stage-managing events at the university. When not at Central, she teaches dance at local studios in the private sector, stage manages for local and regional companies, and runs her own contemporary dance company, The END Ensemble, based out of Hartford, CT. 

Dance Performance & Pedagogy
The Hartt School, University of Hartford
Arts Administration & Nonprofit Management
Colorado State University
Areas of Expertise

Performing Arts Administration, Educational Leadership, Choreography, Dance Education, Production & Stage Management

Vaganova/Cecchetti Ballet Technique

Limón and Graham Modern Technique

Dance Medicine/Physical Therapy & Conditioning

Awards & Grants

Excellence in Teaching Award Finalist, CCSU, 2023

Excellence in Teaching Award Honor Roll, CCSU, 2022

Excellence in Teaching Award Honor Roll, CCSU, 2020

National Engaged Leader Award, Sigma Alpha Pi, 2015


Domingo!, Hartford Open Streets Program, 2022

Arts on Call, International Festival of Arts & Ideas, 2021

Artist Fellowship, CT Office of the Arts, 2019

Memberships & Affiliations

National Academy of Health and Physical Literacy, Member

American College Dance Association, Member, Faculty Representative

National Dance Education Organization, Member

Connecticut Dance Alliance, Advisory Board Member, Hartford Regional Coordinator

Courses Taught

DAN 152 - Beginning Ballet

DAN 252 - Intermediate Ballet

DAN 151 - Beginning Modern

DAN 299 - Dance History

DAN 200 - Dance Practicum 

  • Fall: Dance Production
  • Winter: Dance for Camera
  • Spring: Dance Administration