Kristi Erker - Owner/Director
Kristi has been dancing and performing since age 3. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Kristi studied all styles of dance at Horizons in Dance. When Kristi moved to Westchester, NY she continued to study Dance, Theatre and Voice while continuing to pursue her music and performing career. Kristi feels honored to have had the opportunity to perform at NFL Superbowl XLI in Miami, BET’s 106 & Park, Blaze the Stage, Maxim Records Showcases, and NY Knicks Halftime at Madison Square Garden. Kristi began assisting and teaching dance at age 16 and never looked back. Throughout her dance years, Kristi really found her love of Hip Hop, and started to take class at Broadway Dance Center in NYC from choreographers such as Luam, Rhapsody James, Jamie Jackson, Chio and more. Kristi continues to train at Spotlight when she hosts outside choreographers as she feels it is imperative to stay relevant and current and constantly be evolving.
After having the opportunity to teach at several studios, Kristi's desire to create her own brand grew, which led to the opening of Spotlight Studios of Dance and Performing Arts. Kristi's goal was to bring a completely different vibe to the local dance community by bringing in Industry Choreographers, step out of the box with an innovative approach to competing and performing, and giving her dancers more opportunity to grow and pursue their dreams. She is proud to say that she has done that since day one and continues to do so present day.
Choreographing is Kristi's true passion and she continues to push the envelope, push her creative limits, and push her dancers to be the best they can be. She is proud to have created a home for many talented dancers and instructors to come create, inspire, grow and work hard.
Alexa is a 2014 Dean College Graduate who received her B.A. in Dance from the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance.Throughout her education, she trained under the direction of Jill Silverman, Gregory King, Nailah Randall Belinger, Kelly Peters, Todd Shanks, Ricardo Foster and many others.
Alexa has been dancing since the age of four and is classically trained in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop and Tap. She has taken classes all over Westchester and New York City, as well as attended summer intensives such as Alvin Ailey and the Joffrey Ballet School.Upon graduating, Alexa found a deeper love for teaching and choreographing. Her passion for dance led her to work with many students who were as eager to learn as she was.
Alexa's choreography has won many awards at dance competitions all over the Tri-State area.In 2017, Alexa graduated with her Masters in School Counseling where she will continue to work with today's youth, and be able to apply skills through her teaching experience.
Alexa Giannico - Lyrical, Ballet & Technique
Juliana's passion for dance started at the young age of two years old. She has trained in all styles of dance including Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz and Hip Hop all throughout her youth and teenage years. Her love for Hip Hop grew over the years and Juliana decided to pursue dance as a career and continue her training after High School Graduation.
Juliana was a member of GEN X Crew under the direction of Kelly Peters out of Brickhouse NYC, as well as a member of Royal Thieves under the direction of Deshawn Da Prince. In addition to being a part of those two crews, Juliana consistently trains at Broadway Dance Center, Ripley Grier and Peridance training under Candace Brown, Keenan Cooks, Mike Da Genius, James Alonzo and more.
Juliana does the majority of her training in New York, but she also travels to Los Angeles as often as possible to train at various studios. Her performance credits include World Of Dance, Reebok and Bobby Newberry projects.
Juliana is thrilled to join the Spotlight Team and cannot wait to share her passion and knowledge with dancers.
Juliana Mormile - Hip Hop
Alexa Luke - Contemporary
Alexa Luke is a Georgia native, currently living and working professionally in New York City. She has extensive training in countless dance disciplines including contemporary, lyrical, ballet, jazz, modern, and hip-hop. She received her early dance education at Roswell City Dance under the direction of Shannon Childers, and she continued her studies as a BFA Dance major at Marymount Manhattan College.
Alexa has had the honor of traveling the nation to study the arts, teach dance, and set award-winning choreography. In 2012, she was one of Dance Spirit Magazine’s Cover Model Search Finalists. Alexa spent several years on tour with Intrigue Dance Intensive, assisting, teaching, and setting pieces on young up and coming dancers across the nation. Presently, Alexa is a team member with Hall of Fame Dance Challenge, and spends each weekend pouring into the lives of young artists at various locations around the U.S.
Alexa is an innovative artist in her own right, and she is constantly performing in projects and works by choreographers all around New York City. She has worked closely with some of today’s most game changing contemporary choreographers such as Teddy Tedholm, Mary Grace McNally, and Hannah Frederick to name a few. Alexa has shared her talents in several prestigious contemporary dance festivals such as Reverb Dance Festival, New York Moves produced by Shelly Hutchinson, “Mouthfull”, “Impetus”, APAP, and Carnival NYC. She is consistently involved in up and coming showcases and events, and is excited to continue sharing her art as both a performer and choreographer.
Alexa’s primary interests and passions lie in contemporary dance. She finds this vocabulary of movement particularly inspiring. She spends a large portion of her time expanding her artistry through taking and teaching classes, while also pursuing a career as a professional dancer and choreographer. Alexa is extremely committed to her work, and finds genuine fulfillment in discovering new ways to reach people and create connection through movement. She hopes to be ever-growing and ever-learning, continuously spreading her love for dance with those around her.
Kimberly Allcot - Ballet
Miss Kim is an Affiliate Teacher with the world-class American Academy of Ballet, incorporating their internationally recognized curriculum into her ballet program. She participates in their Teacher Seminars and Workshops at such places as Purchase College conducted by internationally acclaimed ballet dancers/instructors. Her students have achieved awards and scholarships. She has produced and choreographed numerous ballets. She attended, on scholarship, Westchester Community College, studying both Performing Arts and Fashion Merchandising. She is certified as an I.S.S.A. Fitness Trainer, A.C.E. Mind Body Specialist in Yoga & Pilates, as well as a member of IDEA Health & Fitness Association. She has studied dance at such centers as Steps on Broadway under ballet masters Howard David and Kathryn Sullivan, The Academy of Holistic Fitness under ballet director Linda Weiler, Bolshoi Ballet Intensives, and advanced classes at The School of Ballet Arizona. Miss Kim is a former member of ballet ensembles and dance companies where she received numerous awards and trophies. She has performed in several dance productions at Westchester Community College under Julie Ludwick and Mollyann Franzblau. Her performances include lead roles in Cinderella, Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty, Peter & the Wolf, Nutcracker and Carmina Burana with the Putnam Chorale Society.Her belief is that through ballet, students can achieve higher levels of self-confidence, increased ability to concentrate, and improved physical fitness in a fun-filled stimulating environment. She appreciates the fact that students are individuals who learn and develop at their own pace. She is thrilled to be sharing her love of ballet with the students of “Spotlight”!
Past & Present Guest Faculty
Since 2014, Spotlight has been the pioneer studio in Westchester & Putnam County, NY bringing in Guest Instructors and Master Choreographers from not only all over the United States, but all over the world. Our instructors have come from everywhere from Australia to Los Angeles, Miami to New York City and more. We are proud to be a home to the BEST professionals in the dance industry and to have welcomed so many dancers into our space to get the best training in the area.