Erik “TomaHawk” Sandoval joined the DanceLova Dance Academy faculty in October 2014. The iHollywood Dance Convention’s Nationals choreographer is now revving up the Irvine dance studio’s Hip Hop program.
Erik Sandoval started dancing at age 4, receiving extensive training from many master teachers. He received his ballet training from Lisa Thorngren and Elizabeth Huebner, as well as contemporary instructions from Leona Morimune. He has been a member of notable Hip Hop crews such as Team Millenia under Kenny Jones, The IV League led by director Austin Fernandez and Academy of Swag under director Jay Chris Moore. During his career, Erik has performed at UCI, the LA Clippers halftime shows, as well as won many awards at various competitions such as: Fusion, World of Dance LA, Ultimate Brawl, and Body Rock with his crews. Erik was brought to Las Vegas during his auditions for the famous television show So You Think You Can Dance. Erik also recently taught as a guest choreographer at iHollywood Dance Conventions’ Nationals.
In 2009 he created the Smurf Kids Dance Crew. Smurf Kids is a team consisting of young people that compete and perform across America, based out of Southern California. Under his teaching, they have won several awards including first place at Maxt Out Dance Competition.
Erik is an enthusiastic teacher with exciting classes and dynamic hip hop choreography. He strives to dance and better not only himself, but each student he has the opportunity to teach.
Erik Sandoval teaches and choreographs Hip Hop for teens at DanceLova in Irvine, CA.