5. Erica Rose Jeffrey

Sponsor Club: Menlo Park California, District 5150

Host Club: Brisbane Planetarium, District 9600

Originally from Missoula, Montana, Erica Rose studied dance at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School before joining Ballet Internationale. After dancing professionally, she attended Indiana University on full scholarship as a Wells Scholar and graduated with degrees in ballet and mediation & conflict resolution.

Erica Rose has performed and choreographed for groups around the US and internationally, including a tour to China as part of a cultural exchange for the Olympics. Involved in multiple communities, Erica Rose taught for the San Francisco Ballet program in public schools, Luna Dance Institute and directed Marin Dance Theatre’s Let’s All Dance! Outreach program. She was instrumental in launching the Parkinson’s Dance Project, Marin County’s first Dance for Parkinson’s program. In addition to performing, she ran the dance company COUNTERPOINTE.

Erica Rose has created the dance and conflict resolution education program, Moving Toward Peace, and has worked with the California Lawyers for the Arts youth education programs. She is the first professional dancer to recieve a Rotary Peace Fellowship.