Eric ‘Silky’ Moore Joins Heather’s Dance Studio
By Zenaida Kotala // August 18, 2014
FROM 'So You Think You Can Dance' TV show
ABOVE VIDEO: Erik “Silky” Moore’s dance moves, from tap to hip hop, are all over the Internet and the name erupts excitement when uttered among young dancers. Excitement could barely be contained when Heather’s Dance Studio owner Heather Hall-Lobley posted her fall schedule.
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Heather’s Dance Studio just landed some major talent – it hired a dancer who caught America’s attention on the wildly popular So You Think You Can Dance television show.
Erik “Silky” Moore auditioned for the show in season five and 11. Although he got through to call backs this past June, he was eliminated despite being a crowd favorite and having the notoriously critical judge Nigel Lythgoe say “I like you” when he finished his hip-hop number.
His dance moves, from tap to hip hop, are all over the Internet and the name erupts excitement when uttered among young dancers. Excitement could barely be contained when studio owner Heather Hall-Lobley posted the fall schedule.
“I’m excited to work with such a talented staff,” Moore said. “Heather herself is a retired world champion in ballroom dancing and some of her staff will be returning from studying their craft in New York this summer.”
Hall-Lobley, studio owner and artistic director, hired Moore shortly after her award- winning teams returned form national competition this summer.
“He’s an amazing dancer,” Hall-Lobley said after watching him lead a jazz class in her studio this summer. “He has a lot to share with our new and more advanced dancers. I’m thrilled to have him join our staff.”
Moore will be teaching an array of classes for children and adults at both studio locations in Palm Bay and Indialantic, which he now calls home. Friday nights he’ll be teaching several back-to-back classes in Palm Bay.
As for Moore, he’s eager to share his talents with students. He enjoys teaching and still remembers the joy of watching one of his student’s first major successes. He appears dancing in the music video for Molly by rapper Tyga.
“I love teaching children and watching them grow as dancers as well as seeing their parent’s face when they see how much their child has improved,” Moore said. “And seeing my students on stage and working in the industry gives me a feeling that I can’t explain.”
Not bad for a Connecticut native who only started dancing because his oldest brother was enrolled in some dance classes and was getting a lot of attention.
“I was jealous,” Moore said with a laugh. “I had to get myself involved.”
Thank goodness for a little sibling rivalry.
Hall-Lobley, the 2003 U.S. and World Theatrical Dance Sport Champion, opened Heather’s Dance Studio in 1998 with locations in Indialantic and Palm Bay.
She competed and performed throughout the world, on Broadway and was featured on PBS. She and her team of instructors offer classes in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, gymnastics and musical theatre starting from age two through adult.
The studio is also home to several award-winning competition teams.
Heather’s Dance Studio’s schedule and registration is available at HeathersDanceStudio.com and for more information call 321-725-0205.