Erica Goldman was born and raised in New York, where she first inherited her love of Israeli dance from her father, another folk dance fanatic.
While a student at Brandeis University in Boston, she performed with several area Israeli dance troupes and was the director of B'yachad (the university's student group) and Sa'adya. She branched out into other kinds of folk dance as a member and choreographer of the Mandala Folkdance Ensemble.
Erica was a principal dancer with the highly acclaimed Collage Dance Ensemble for a few years and competed with them at the Golden Karagõz Folk Dance Competition in Turkey in 2003.
In 2004, Erica spent the summer as the dance director of Camp Alonim at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute, a Jewish overnight camp where Israeli dancing is truly an obsession among the campers. She was hooked; after working for nearly eight years for a software company in Boston, she quit her job and moved to Los Angeles and has been teaching Israeli dance full-time ever since. When she got to Los Angeles, she immediately joined the Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble.
Erika currently performs with the Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble, runs a weekly Israeli dance session, teaches dance at New Community Jewish High School, and is the dance specialist at Temple Judea.
Erica holds a degree in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from Brandeis University and was an engineering linguist for Comverse Technology for over seven years.
Dances Erica has taught include Achat U'Shtayim, Adama Veshamayim, Ahava Ktzara (Long and Short), Ahava Pshuta, Ahavalshuta (Long and Short), Aleph-Bet, Asal (Long and Short), Balailot Hakayitz Hachamim, Benof Yaldut, Bim Bam Bom, C'est la Vie, Darkeinu, Debka Medabeket, Donald Duck, Hoppa Hpppa Hey, Jungle, Kol Nedarai, Leolam Be'ikvot Hashemesh, Livavtini (Long and Short), Me'achoray Hahar Or, Orot ve Ashan, Shalom Lachem, Shalom U'Boker Tov, Shar, Shav el Admati (Classic and New), Sheyavo, Tirkedi, Yalla, and yesh Sham Bama.