Director of Dance
Erin Brown is thrilled to be teaching dance at Southwest High School. This will be Ms. Brown’s 18th year of teaching and her first year at Southwest. Before beginning at Southwest, she was teaching at South High School, where she created and developed the school’s new dance program.
Originally from Minnesota, she holds a B.A. in dance from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. She earned her Master’s of Fine Arts degree in choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2004. During her tenure at UNCG, Brown worked as a teaching assistant and received distinction on the production of her thesis concert by the dance faculty.
Her work as a dance educator includes teaching in K-12 public and private school settings in Kentucky, North Carolina and Oklahoma for the past twelve years. She began teaching theater in 2008 and also became involved in musical theater with Ardmore Little Theater Company in Oklahoma, where she performed for two seasons.
In 2007, she co-founded Ardmore Contemporary Dance Company in southern Oklahoma. She serves as Artistic Director and president of the organization. As part of the company’s educational mission, Brown spearheaded a dance program working at an alternative high school in Ardmore, OK. As a result of her interest in community development through the arts, she completed a professional program titled “Leadership Arts”, sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council in 2010. In 2012 Brown re-located to Minneapolis to join the faculty at South High.
Erin has one son, Jackson, who is an elementary student in Hopkins. Her husband Steve has two kids, Margaret and Isaac, who attend high school in Rochester, MN. In her free time, she enjoys attending arts events, taking dance classes, swimming, yoga, traveling, enjoying Steve’s cooking, reading novels and watching movies.