Jordan Erickson, Assistant Coach

Jordan began dancing at the age of 3 at Woodbury Dance Center. She was a competition dancer and a member of the Woodbury High School performance dance team all 3 years and was captain her senior year. 

Her love of dance continued at Minnesota State University of Mankato, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She is trained in modern, contemporary, ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, and musical theatre. 

After college she performed professionally with Curio Dance and Minnesota Dance Collaborative. Outside of coaching, Jordans other passion is fitness. She is a licensed Pure Barre instructor in Eden Prairie. 

This will be Jordans 3rd year of coaching and she is absolutely loving it! She can't imagine coaching any other team.

Ari Vazquez, Assistant Coach

Ari first discovered her love of dance when she began training at Larkin Dance Studio at the age of three. She trained for 16 years in jazz, ballet, hip hop, pointe, musical theatre, contemporary and tap competing at both the regional and national levels. She attended the University of St. Thomas and was a 4-year member of the University of St. Thomas Dance Team. With the team, she competed both jazz and hip hop at the UDA Collegiate National Championships and went on to win 5 College National Championships, 2 in jazz and 3 in the hip hop category. Ari spent the last year teaching recreational dance classes at Jam Hops Dance Connection. Dancing is truly her passion and she loves to share that passion with one and all!


Olivia Erickson, Assistant Coach

Olivia began dancing at age 3 and competed in studio dance until high school. Olivia was a member of the Eastview Lightning Dance Team during all four years of high school. She was crowned the MN state kick champions twice, as well as placed 3rd in jazz at the state tournament.

Olivia attended college at the University of North Dakota. She danced on the UND dance team for one year, and was actively involved in her sorority Delta Gamma. 

Olivia is currently in graduate school at the University of St. Thomas/St. Kate's University working towards her masters degree in social work. Olivia has coached EPDT for 3 years and loves getting the dancers pumped up before performances! Go Eagles! 

The Eden Prairie High School Dance Team (EPDT) is a program that supports a Varsity, JV and B Squad Dance Team at Eden Prairie High School ( EPHS) in Minnesota.  The program is under the leadership of Head Coach Jessica Howells, Coach Olivia Erickson, Coach Jordan Erickson and Coach Ari Vasquez.


The EPDT represents EPHS and competes under the Minnesota State High School League within the Lake Conference, Section 2AAA and State Tournament.  EPDT competes within the Class AAA jazz and high kick divisions.


The team has won 6 State titles along with numerous State Tournament Appearances, Section Titles, Lake Conference Championships and Invitational Awards.  The team performs at Varsity basketball games and school pepfests.  Weekly training includes ballet, yoga and strength training.



Caitlin O'leary, Assistant Coach

Caitlin began dancing at the age of 3 at Dance Arts Centre. She is an alumni of Eden Prairie High School and EPDT. Caitlin continued her dance career in college at the University of Denver where she was a 4 year member and 3 year captain.

After college Caitlin began her coaching career with Shakopee fall dance team and found that coaching is something she is very passionate about. She also found a passion for yoga and is currently a certified Yoga Sculpt instructor with Corepower Yoga. Outside of dance and yoga Caitlin is a manufacturing engineer for MTS Systems in Eden Prairie.

She is looking forward to the upcoming season and being back with the EPDT community.

Jessica Howells, Head Coach

Jessica has over 20 years of dance experience. She started her dance training as a studio dancer. Jessica is an alumni of Eden Prairie High School and EPDT. While she was a member of EPDT she was fortunate enough to win a State title, served as captain her junior and senior year. Jessica continued her dance career in college at the University of St. Thomas where she was a member for 4 years. During her time on the team they won two National Championship titles and she served as captain of the team. 

Jessica began her coaching career at EPHS with the EPDT fall season team (EPPT). She coached for 5 years, as an assistant coach for 2 years and head coach for 3 years. In 2015 Jessica made the transition to the EPDT winters season and is now in her third season as the EPDT Head Coach. In 2015 Jessica received Rookie Head Coach of the Year.

She is very involved in the dance industry as she judges and works with many dancers and teams in the Midwest. Outside of coaching Jessica work’s full-time for Varsity Spirit Fashion as a design/sales rep and is a dance instructor at a local dance studio. In Jessica’s spare time she loves to spend time with her husband Brett, their dog Fletcher and their friends and family.



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