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Ms. Erica Wilson-Perkins

Professor of Dance

University of Illinois

HQ Phone: (217) 333-1000

University of Illinois

1101 West Peabody Drive

Urbana, Illinois 61801

United States

Company Description

The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (U of I, University of Illinois, UIUC, or simply Illinois) is a public research-intensive university in the U.S. state of Illinois. A land-grant university, it is the flagship campus of the University of Illi... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Instructor for SA Parks and Recreation
San Antonio Dance Umbrella

Teacher
Columbia College

Lead Dance Instructor
Palo Alto College

Guest Teachers and Choreographer
The Macomb Ballet Company

Instructor for SA Parks and Recreation
San Antonio Dance Umbrella

Guest Teachers and Choreographer
The Macomb Ballet Company

Artist
Wayne State University

Affiliations

Founder
CounterGroove Dance Company

Board Member
San Antonio Dance Umbrella

Education

BFA
dance
Columbia College

MFA
dance
Florida State University

Web References (29 Total References)


Dancer/choreographer Erica ...

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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.
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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.


Moving On | San Antonio Woman

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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.


PACDance Performance Group | ms erica

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Erica Wilson-Perkins

In 1992 Erica received her BFA in Dance from Columbia College, Columbia, SC and then her MFA in Dance from Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, in 1995. Originally, Erica worked with Cleo Parker Robinson, in her home state of Colorado.
...
Erica has also worked/performed with David Dorfman (Dorfman Dance), Liz Lerman, Karen Steele, Polly Motley, Libby Patenaude, Martha Brim, Suzanne Reyes, and Rene Wadleigh.
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In 1995, Erica accepted a full-time tenured tracked dance faculty position at the University of Illinois (U of I), Urbana, IL where she created ready, set, DANCE! , the communitys only dance education touring company. She also developed both the jazz and Pilates curriculum for the BFA/MFA program.
In 2000, Erica relocated to Detroit after receiving the King-Chavez-Parks Artist-in-Residence Award at Wayne State University (WSU). She then founded and directed the critic worthy CounterGroove Dance Co (CDC).
Erica has been awarded several other grants and awards, including the prestigious 2003-2004 Chicago DanceMakers' Forum Award, initiating the creation of FightWater: Past/Future-Never Present (A Dancumentary), an evening length solo and documentary presented at the Dance Center of Columbia College-Chicago. Erica served as a full-time Artist-in-Residence at Columbia Colleges Dance Center while directing her own artists collaborative, the FightWaterPros (FWPros.
Erica relocated to San Antonio in 2006 where she served as company director for the City of San Antonio Dance Troupe, Alamotion.
Eirca continues to perform, create commissioned works and present workshops throughput the nation. Including the successful Freed Voices Conference on Black Dance, hosted by MSTU in Tennessee. Presently, Erica is the director both the program and dance company at Palo Alto College.


PACDance Performance Group | ms erica

www.pacdance.com [cached]

Erica Wilson-Perkins

In 1992 Erica received her BFA in Dance from Columbia College, Columbia, SC and then her MFA in Dance from Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, in 1995. Originally, Erica worked with Cleo Parker Robinson, in her home state of Colorado.
...
Erica has also worked/performed with David Dorfman (Dorfman Dance), Liz Lerman, Karen Steele, Polly Motley, Libby Patenaude, Martha Brim, Suzanne Reyes, and Rene Wadleigh.
...
In 1995, Erica accepted a full-time tenured tracked dance faculty position at the University of Illinois (U of I), Urbana, IL where she created ready, set, DANCE! , the communitys only dance education touring company. She also developed both the jazz and Pilates curriculum for the BFA/MFA program.
In 2000, Erica relocated to Detroit after receiving the King-Chavez-Parks Artist-in-Residence Award at Wayne State University (WSU). She then founded and directed the critic worthy CounterGroove Dance Co (CDC).
Erica has been awarded several other grants and awards, including the prestigious 2003-2004 Chicago DanceMakers' Forum Award, initiating the creation of FightWater: Past/Future-Never Present (A Dancumentary), an evening length solo and documentary presented at the Dance Center of Columbia College-Chicago. Erica served as a full-time Artist-in-Residence at Columbia Colleges Dance Center while directing her own artists collaborative, the FightWaterPros (FWPros.
Erica relocated to San Antonio in 2006 where she served as company director for the City of San Antonio Dance Troupe, Alamotion.
Eirca continues to perform, create commissioned works and present workshops throughput the nation. Including the successful Freed Voices Conference on Black Dance, hosted by MSTU in Tennessee. Presently, Erica is the director both the program and dance company at Palo Alto College.


PACDance Performance Group | ms erica

www.pacdance.com [cached]

Erica Wilson-Perkins

In 1992 Erica received her BFA in Dance from Columbia College, Columbia, SC and then her MFA in Dance from Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, in 1995. Originally, Erica worked with Cleo Parker Robinson, in her home state of Colorado.
...
Erica has also worked/performed with David Dorfman (Dorfman Dance), Liz Lerman, Karen Steele, Polly Motley, Libby Patenaude, Martha Brim, Suzanne Reyes, and Rene Wadleigh.
...
In 1995, Erica accepted a full-time tenured tracked dance faculty position at the University of Illinois (U of I), Urbana, IL where she created ready, set, DANCE! , the communitys only dance education touring company. She also developed both the jazz and Pilates curriculum for the BFA/MFA program.
In 2000, Erica relocated to Detroit after receiving the King-Chavez-Parks Artist-in-Residence Award at Wayne State University (WSU). She then founded and directed the critic worthy CounterGroove Dance Co (CDC).
Erica has been awarded several other grants and awards, including the prestigious 2003-2004 Chicago DanceMakers' Forum Award, initiating the creation of FightWater: Past/Future-Never Present (A Dancumentary), an evening length solo and documentary presented at the Dance Center of Columbia College-Chicago. Erica served as a full-time Artist-in-Residence at Columbia Colleges Dance Center while directing her own artists collaborative, the FightWaterPros (FWPros.
Erica relocated to San Antonio in 2006 where she served as company director for the City of San Antonio Dance Troupe, Alamotion.
Eirca continues to perform, create commissioned works and present workshops throughput the nation. Including the successful Freed Voices Conference on Black Dance, hosted by MSTU in Tennessee. Presently, Erica is the director both the program and dance company at Palo Alto College.

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