Today we’d like to introduce you to Erik Saradpon.
Represented in choreography by MSA Agency, Erik Saradpon is a nationally distinguished choreographer and teacher. As a graduate of San Diego State University, he is known for founding his professional dance company, FORMALITY, and directing the hip-hop program at Temecula Dance Company. Erik has taught for Dancerpalooza, The Pulse, 2 Days In OC and DanceLife Teacher Conference.
Erik has assisted choreographers Brian Friedman, Tricia Miranda, and Liz Imperio on different projects. He was a contributing choreographer for Dance Moms and has worked on other television shows such as Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition under the supervision of Tessandra Chavez, Abby’s Studio Rescue, and Raising Asia (Lifetime), and his choreography has been featured on World Of Dance (NBC), Mobbed (Fox), Paula Abdul’s Live To Dance (CBS), America’s Got Talent (NBC), The Ellen Show (NBC) and The Monsters Show.
Through his creative production company, FORMCREATIVE, he produces PLATFORM, a choreography showcase, Urban Legends, a premier Hip Hop Workshop, and illskillz dance intensive.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I like to create effective entertainment through my choreography. I like to choreograph for everyone, not just other dancers or choreographers. I am always honored when I can entertain people, not in the field of dance. I was extremely influenced by the dance performances of the 80’s and 90’s. I grew up as an MTV kid, glued to my TV, consuming the music and video of Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, New Edition, NKOTB, NSYNC, etc. I knew I always wanted to have dance in my life. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be a professional choreographer. I get to travel often. I am always in a different city every weekend. I also teach at my resident studio, Temecula Dance Company where I get to mentor and guide my own students. And then I get to sit back and watch them build successful careers of their own. I am a very proud teacher.
How can artists connect with other artists?
Share your work. Be authentic in your voice and what excites you. Don’t ever follow what you think others expect you to be. For dancers and choreographers, the best place to connect is in class or performances. Take every opportunity to meet new people. Attend conventions, benefits, master classes, discussions, etc. I have met so many amazing people from the many dance events offered to the public. It’s so much easier to connect now with social media, it just takes an introduction. Art is so much more accessible. But yes, it can be lonely if you don’t surround yourself with the right type of people. I have been fortunate enough to evolve with the same people who have been part of my circle for the last ten years. I consider myself very fortunate and blessed.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I have choreographed for a few tv shows. I frequently set choreography on many studios throughout the year. But most people know of my work through Temecula Dance Company or FORMALITY, my professional dance company. I plan to present my own full length showcase in 2019.
Also, my work is accessible through YouTube: youtube.com/eriksaradpon and Instagram: @eriksaradpon,
- Website: www.formcreativeco.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eriksaradpon/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eriksaradponofficial
Industry Dance Awards, Carlos Dupouy, Full Out Creative