Christopher Erk was born and raised in Connecticut where he began dancing at the age of 4. He trained extensively with the School of the Hartford Ballet and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. In ’97, he joined Tap Dogs, with whom he toured internationally for five years. After settling in NYC, he went on to work with some of the most predominant influencers in dance and theater: Gil Stroming and Break the Floor Productions, Jared Grimes and Broadway Underground, Rasta Thomas and Bad Boys of Dance - Tap Stars, the New York Song and Dance Company – Noah Racey’s Pulse. Christopher has 14 years experience working extensively with Tee & Jam Productions as a performer and choreographer for the world's largest corporate events and business meetings. Christopher has also held residencies as a teacher of dance and theater at Wright State University and Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH. Christopher is the proud founding artistic director of the Tap Factor, an organization dedicated to enriching the world through tap dance education and performance opportunities. With the Tap Factor, he has established a strong relationship with Best Buddies with whom he facilitated an all-inclusive immersive tap dance experience that culminated in a performance at Carnegie Hall. He was also invited to present a performance interstitial at the 2014 TEDxPeachtree Conference in Atlanta, GA. Most recently, Christopher completed a 35-city European Tour with Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox as their tap dancer. A proud graduate of the New School for Public Engagement, Christopher continues to explore the most productive ways to impact the world through his performance, creative, and academic career. Stay up to date on what is new and exciting by finding Christopher at www.christophererk.com and @thetapfactor on Twitter and Instagram.