San Diego native, Erik Saradpon is a nationally-distinguished choreographer and world-renowned teacher. As a graduate of San Diego State University, Erik has dedicated his talents to empowering the lives of the youth by engaging them in positive lifestyles and healthy alternatives through music and dance. Erik is most known for his artistic contributions in directing the national Hip Hop Champions, FORMALity, an all-male youth outreach dance company. Since the establishment of FORMALity in 1996, Erik has had the privilege to perform for thousands, and open for such artists as Ashanti, 3LW, Mario, and Ashlee Simpson. A staple in Culture Shock’s Choreographer’s Showcase, FORMALity has also graced the small screen through mediums such as The San Diego Union-Tribune, Filipinas Magazine, San Diego Insider, and The Ellen Degeneres Show. Industrial experience includes work for Pepsi, Sea World, Panda Express, and Paul Mitchell. FORMALity has won championships at Vibe, Ultimate Brawl, Fusion, Bust A Groove, Battlefest, Prelude and the US & World Hip Hop Championships. Erik has enriched the dance community by founding his own company, EK Entertainment & Talent Company (EKETC), the parent company to Hi-Fi and FLIPSIDE. His annual talent showcase, FULL OUT, has gained notable familiarity, and serves as a platform for his dancers to experiment, express, and entertain. As a principal dancer for Jive recording artist, Tonex, Erik was featured on the concert special, Out The Box. He has taught master classes for Culture Shock, Boogiezone, Mavyn, and Studio A and is now coaching San Marcos High School All-Male Team.
SDDC proudly welcomes Erik as one of our guest instructors for the upcoming competition season!