Born in Oakland, Erik K. Raymond Lee is a dance artist and youth advocate. He began his formal training at UC Berkeley where he earned a BA in Dance & Performance Studies and a BA in Art Practice with a concentration in painting in 2010. Erik earned his MFA in Dance from Mills College in 2017. His professional dance journey began in 2011 with Dimensions Dance Theater (DDT) as a company member and modern dance teacher for the Rites of Passage summer program. He has since become a collaborator/member with James Graham Dance Theatre, Zaccho Dance Theater, and PUSH Dance company. Since 2005, Erik has devoted his time to mentoring youth, working professionally as Program Manager for the Berkeley Scholars to Cal mentoring program for Black and Brown youth at Stiles Hall from 2010-2017. For four years, his passion for youth and dance converged as a Teaching Artist for Cal Performance’s Artistic Literacy program as well as a group leader and later Co-Managing Director for Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp. Erik served voluntarily in dance ministry with the Worship in Arts Ministry (WAM) at Covenant Church for eleven years and for seven years served as Artistic Director/choreographer. His most recent commissioned work included “Armed With Joy” for DDT and “Com. Devices” for UC Berkeley’s Berkeley Dance Project. His latest endeavor includes the launch of His Legacy Dance Collective, a faith-based dance company.