Erica Itzkowitz

category: Actor, Dance,

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Artist Statement

Erica Itzkowitz is a dancer/actor/choreographer.  She uses an organic developmental approach to teach creative movement, yoga, modern dance and Playback Theater techniques to children and adults.  Her work allows students to explore their own creativity and imagination using time, space, body parts, rhythm, improvisation, and dynamics of movement.

Educational Background

Carnegie-Mellon University, 1971-73, Theater; New York University Tisch School of the Arts, 1973-75, BFA in Dance, 1980, MFA in Dance; Yoga Instructor Certification, 1995; Kripalu Center, 2003; Playback School (Theater Skills), Vassar College, 2003-4.

Teaching Artist Experience

Erica's school residencies incorporate and build upon student’s class work in order to enhance development of social skills and class lessons.  She has conducted artist residencies for over twenty five years in Westchester, working with pre-K through high school ages in hospitals, adult day care and residential treatment facilities.  She has experience working with hearing-impaired, physically and emotionally challenged, and special needs students and adults.  Erica has been on the faculty in the Theater Department of Barnard, Purchase and Manhattanville Colleges.  She has taught literacy and language with pre-K and kindergarten; poetry and movement for first grade; emotions in music and movement; immigration and multicultural dance in third grade; simple machines and transportation units through dance and movement; theater improvisation through books in fourth grade; Greek dance and art in middle school; and American History and dance in the 20th century in 11th grade.  Itzkowitz has also conducted workshops for teachers at the Neuberger Museum, The Children’s Museum of NY, The Hudson River Museum, The Westchester Philharmonic, FACE Conference, Empire State Partnership and ArtsWestchester.