Erin Jaffe Bolshakov
Choreographer; Dancer; Director; Producer; Teacher / Instructor
Erin Jaffe Bolshakov Director, VISTA Ballroom Executive Director, Mad Hot Tango Marathon, Dancer Erin Jaffe Bolshakov grew up on the stage of the Koger Center dancing with the Columbia City Ballet. Remembered for her roles as Clara in the Nutcracker and Victoria in Dracula. In her high school years, Erin attended the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Professional Division. Under the coaching of Stanislav Issaev, Erin participated in two major International Ballet Competition, Jackson International Ballet Competition (Jackson, Mississippi), and Varna International Ballet Competition (Varna, Bulgaria), where she was a semi-finalist. Erin was also a Principal member of USC Dance, and danced professionally with Columbia Classical Ballet, where she was a Soloist in the company. In 2005 Erin founded and opened VISTA Ballroom, a studio specializing in Argentine Tango, Salsa, and Ballroom. Concentration on Argentine Tango, Erin has performed in Spoleto Festival with Quintango Orchestra, The SC Philharmonic, The Asheville Philharmonic, and many festivals through out the Southeast. Erin has also produced and directed her own Argentine Tango show, which has been performed in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia, and is the co-creator and Executive Director of the Mad Hot Tango Marathon, which is held annually, attracting Tango dancers from across the country and region. Most recently Erin was an invited guest performer during the National Democratic Convention, 2012, in Charlotte, NC, and was nominated by Jasper Magazine, as Artist of The Year, In Dance.