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Ms. Erica Wilson-Perkins

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • MFA , dance
    Florida State University
  • BFA , dance
    Columbia College
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San Antonio Dance Umbrella: board of directors, 16 Sept 2012 [cached]
Erica Wilson Perkins Palo Alto College
Dancer/choreographer Erica ..., 23 Aug 2010 [cached]
Dancer/choreographer Erica Wilson-Perkins remembers fondly her first encounter with the man she would eventually marry. While back home in Colorado Springs following her college graduation, the young dancer worked as a sales clerk to make extra cash. One day, a handsome Army guy walked in, browsed around and picked up a coat to buy. It soon transpired, however, that he didn't really need the garment; he wanted to meet the saleswoman. The two eventually became engaged, but she spent the next couple of years pursuing a master's degree in choreography at Florida State University while he obtained a transfer to Columbus, Ga., to be as close to her as possible.
A talented and ambitious artist, Wilson-Perkins had no trouble getting job offers. At 25, she became a professor of dance at the University of Illinois in Urbana and the couple married on Dec. 27, 1995. In her new post, the young professor developed jazz dance and Pilates Method courses and founded a performance company with her students. Things were not as upbeat for her spouse. "My husband left the military but was not happy about it," she recalls. "And I knew our situation wasn't right. I was 25, hanging out with the big boys professionally and enjoying what I was doing, while he worked as a paralegal, but it just wasn't his thing."
He eventually gave up on civilian life and went back into uniform as a member of the National Guard, but his career-oriented wife kept him on the move. When frictions in her academic department turned life unpleasant in Illinois, Wilson-Perkins moved to Wayne State University in Detroit. By this time the couple had a son, who is now 13. Though her husband transferred to the new city, the union did not last much longer. They separated after only five years of living together.
"You know, when I told my mother that I'd be talking to you for this article, she frowned and wondered whether I should be doing this," says Wilson-Perkins, who is today the lead dance instructor at Palo Alto College.
With the passing of years, Wilson-Perkins has become friends with her ex. Though remarried, he calls her often to discuss issues in his life, and their son always spends summers with his dad. For her part, she's never dropped the Perkins half of her last name, which is his surname. And she echoes what Priesmeyer said about divorced parents: "Once married, you are always connected to that person."
It is interesting to note that in a way her marital story is the reverse of Priesmeyer's. While the latter felt too dependent and yearned for her own voice, Wilson-Perkins recognizes that her "sense of independence was transferred to the marriage. I didn't allow my husband to be the husband," she admits.
Neuman asked Erica ..., 30 Oct 2007 [cached]
Neuman asked Erica Wilson-Perkins, director of the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department's Alamotion Dance Troupe and professor at Palo Alto College, to choreograph movement in the start of the show that immediately entices viewers.
Wilson-Perkins said Neuman asked her to create a street scene surrounding the audience that would depict Sudanese villagers going through their daily routines.
"I want to capture the actual involvement, what it looks like," Wilson-Perkins said.
Wilson-Perkins dances the role of the main character Miriam, described by Neuman as someone who "doesn't go that extra mile to help," but is generally a good person.
The writers and performers hope that the performance inspires people to do more about the situation in Darfur, as it has already for Neuman and Wilson-Perkins.
Chicago Dancemakers Forum, 1 Jan 2003 [cached]
Erica Wilson-Perkins | Erica Wilson-Perkins | artist homepage
Erica Wilson-Perkins | Erica Wilson-Perkins | artist homepage
Erica Wilson-Perkins
Erica Wilson-Perkins lab artist, 2003
CDF's greatest value to me, as an artist, was the time it allowed for the process/product to manifest itself.
artist biography
Erica is a teacher, choreographer, producer and creative director. She is the founder of both the CounterGroove Dance Company, Detroit (1996-2002) and the Chicago based creative collaboration, FightWaterPros. Erica holds a BFA in dance from Columbia College, South Carolina, and a MFA in dance from Florida State University. She has been a dance faculty member at University of Illinois, Wayne State University, and Columbia College Chicago, both as full-time professor and Artist-in-Residence. Erica continues to create work nationally with a recent installment to her FightWater Series entitled The Water Consecration Papers, which she performed in Colorado. Presently, Erica resides in San Antonio, TX, with her son, Xavia, where she is engaged in solo performances, program development and painting. In addition, she directs the City of San Antonio Contemporary Dance Troupe.
during the CDF year
FightWater: Past/Future-Never Present was a solo danced by Erica Wilson-Perkins, and the incorporated talents of eight other creative individuals: including composers Joshua Harris and Corbett Lunsford, writers and visual artists Shelley Masar and Liddia Stevens, photographer Andrea Petrucelli, manager Jennifer Brummer, video-source Tranel Bland, and DJ/ composer Amber Lewis.
Dance Spirit Magazine - The Intensive Experience, 16 May 2005 [cached]
Erica Wilson-Perkins, artistic director of CounterGroove Dance Company, paces through the lines of dancers crossing the floor.She's driving them, drill sergeant style, to reach deeper, move bigger.
When dancers catch fire, Wilson-Perkins beams and slips in behind them shadow-like, stretching her hands over their heads as if in blessing.She's having fun and so are the students, who are riding the groove and finding the technical control they have been working on during two weeks of classes and rehearsals in hip hop, jazz, ballet and traditional African dance.
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