ERIKA SERBU – DIRECTOR & OWNER – ABSOLUTE DANCE STUDIO
Erika Serbu is a passionate advocate for encouraging and cultivating a love of dance. With over 30 years in the industry, the Ryerson University Theatre Dance program graduate and Ontario native, is an accomplished performer, instructor, choreographer and entrepreneur.
Alongside amazing training opportunities on scholarship in New York, and Los Angeles, some of Erika’s professional credits include Dora Mavor Moore Award winner Romeo and Juliet Remixed (Spark Productions), Seussical (Collaborators & Cast Workshop; Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty), Young People’s Theatre (Children Hour Productions), NBA Toronto Raptors Dance Pak, NBA Halftime Shows, Princess Cruise Lines (World Cruise), Fashion Cares (Debrah Cox, Lil’ Kim), Calgary Cares, Toronto Fringe Festival “fFIDA”, KiSS 92 Awards (Aaron Carter), and industrial performances for Nike, Shoppers Drug Mart, Aveda, Hudson’s Bay, SickKids Foundation, Marc Anthony, MAC & The Outdoorsman Show.
Television and Film credits include; CBC, TSN, ESPN, Bravo, Much Music, City TV and the Canadian Film Centre.
Erika resides in Calgary Alberta with her husband and three beautiful children – her greatest accomplishment to date! She has been the proud studio owner of Absolute Dance Inc for 15 years, where her platform is shared with hundreds of students each day as they learn and grow in their creativity and love for the art form. Her students have gone on to continue their training in professional dance studies at recognized post secondary institutions across North America and on to dance and perform in the commercial industry, professional arts community and companies at world stage levels.
Erika has had the privilege of teaching and choreographing throughout Canada. She maintains and enhances her professional development and education by participating in workshops, master classes and teaching seminars in L.A, New York, Vancouver and London, England.
Erika strives to instill in her students the importance of collaboration and teamwork being a driving force by encouraging TEAM = together everyone achieves more. No matter what age, level or style; process means everything, the end result is simply the cherry on top!
- Our students are provided with the opportunity to work with guest teachers, choreographers and industry professionals across the globe.
- Our students have gone on to continue their training in professional dance studies at recognized post secondary institutions such as Ryerson University, York University, The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, George Brown College and Sheraton College.
- Our graduates have continued dance in the commercial industry nation wide working in film, on sitcoms, music videos, for cruise lines and with professional dance companies.
- Our dancers have received scholarships to workshops and conventions that travel Nation wide such as Artist Simply Human, Nuvo, 24/7 Dance, The Pulse, Velocity, Jump, Groove Street, Pure Dance and Triple Threat.
- Dancers have received scholarships to Summer Intensive Programs at prestigious Ballet Schools such as the Joffrey Ballet School and The National Ballet of Canada.
We believe in providing our dancers with opportunity above and beyond the rest by offering the highest quality dance experience in Calgary. Check some highlights from our Absolute Dance Event History:
- Dad & Daughter Gala for Kids Cancer Care
- Quality Summit Medical Conference
- Luge Canada Olympic medal experience inspiring Canadian youth
- Mini Pops Live Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre & Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
- Continental Cup Markin MacPhail Centre
- Tim Horton’s Brier Scotiabank Sattledome
- Next Step Live Tour Jack Singer Concert Hall
- Harlem Globetrotters Pre Game Show & Half Time Shows Scotiabank Saddledome
- Fashion Has No Borders with host Jeanneh Beker Canada’s largest fashion trade show
- Calgary Women’s Show Industrial BMO Centre
- Sears Fashion Show Industrial South Centre Mall & West Edmonton Mall
- Callaway Park Performance Celebrity Stage
- Flirting with 40 made for T.V Movie starring Heather Locklear
- Lulu Lemon warehouse sale performance BMO Centre
- So You Think You Can Dance Canada Season 1 city wide promotion
- Breakfast Television with host Jill Belland
- CTV Live Morning Show with Lane Fraser
- Global at 6 News Feature
- Holiday Production Nutcracker Wright Theatre Mount Royal University
- Holiday Production Cinderella Wright Theatre Mount Royal University
- Holiday Production Alice in Wonderland Wright Theatre Mount Royal University
- Holiday Production the Wizard of Oz Wright Theatre Mount Royal University
- Holiday Production Peter Pan Wright Theatre Mount Royal University
- Holiday Production Frozen Wright Theatre Mount Royal University
- Holiday Production Mary Poppins Wright Theatre Mout Royal University
- Holiday Production The Little Mermaid Wright Theatre Mount Royal University
- Holiday Production Beauty & The Beast Wright Theatre Mount Royal University
- Holiday Production Aladdin Wright Theatre Mount Royal University
Educational Trips & Workshops
- Royal Academy of Dance London England
- Laban Contemporary School London England
- Pineapple Dance Studio London England
- Millennium Dance Complex Hollywood California
- Edge Performing Arts Centre Hollywood California
- Broadway Dance Centre New York
- Steps on Broadway New York
- Harbour Dance Centre Summer Intensive Vancouver BC
- 24 / 7 Dance convention & competition Billings Montana
- Nuvo Dance convention & competition Phoenix Arizona
- ASH Artist Simply Human convention & competition Los Angeles California & Houston Texas
- Velocity Dance convention & competition Vancouver BC
- Co Dance convention & competition Seattle Washington
- L.A Dance Force convention & competition Seattle Washington
- Disney Magic Music Days Performance at the Magic Kingdom and Workshop at Epcot Centre Orlando Florida
- California Cruisin’Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines performance Catalina Island
- Stars At Sea–Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines performance Ensenada Mexico
- Disney Magic Music Days Los Angeles California performance at Disneyland
- The Rockette Experience & Workshop New York
Donations & Community Support
- Calgary Drop-In Centre
- Stars Air Ambulance Gala
- JDRF – Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
- Yalenka Ukrainian Cultural Society
- Veteran’s Foodbank (Poppy Fund, Royal Canadian Legion Branches)
- The Calgary Interfaith Food Bank Society
- The Mustard Seed
- North East Calgary Adopt a Family Society
- Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation “Run For the Cure”
- Alberta Cancer Foundation Tom Baker Cancer Centre
- The Calgary Children’s Hospital Activity Book
- Kid Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta
- Kids Cancer Foundation of Alberta – Dilawri Group of Companies
- Calgary Fire Fighters Burn Treatment
- Calgary Police Association
- Dad and Daughter Gala
- Let’s Start Talking Mission Ministry
- Saint Joe’s Parish
- Discovery Pre School
- The Calgary Kids Club
- Simon Fraser School (Calgary Board of Education)
- The Edgemont Soccer Association
- Brentwood Community Gardening Group
- Tec Canada “Walk In Her Shoes”
- Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation
- “Jazz Berry Jam” City wide Pre School Tour. Giving back to our community and recognizing International Dance Day, by dropping in to over 60 pre-schools and sharing our love for dance, fitness and the arts. This season we reached out to almost 800 children between the ages of 3-5 years!
- Early Discoveries Nursery Schools Tour
- Renfrew Educational Services Penny Drive
- The University of Calgary Faculty of Nursing United Way
- Campus Pre School
- Quicksilver Resources Canada Inc