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Erik Linder & Shelly Meshkausk

Erik and Shelly are both 17. Erik started dancing in Seattle at the age of 4 and Shelly’s first steps in life as a toddler were on the dance floor in Boston. Erik and Shelly started their partnership in December of 2016. The long distance wasn’t going to stop their love of dancing with each other which meant that they would need to travel between the East Coast and the West Coast to train together as well as traveling internationally to train and compete. Erik and Shelly compete in Youth Latin, Ballroom, and 10 Dance in addition to performing shows. They combine their love of dance with each other by drawing from their experiences from successful dance careers.

Erik and Shelly Achievements:


2017 Ohio Star Ball, Best of the Best Show Dance

2017 Ohio Star Ball Finalist, Standard, and Latin

Kings Ball 2017 1st Youth Latin, 1st Youth Standard

2017 Emerald Ball Youth Latin and Standard Finalists

2017 Embassy Ball Youth Latin Champions

2017 NDCA Nationals 2017 Finalists

2017 World Master Champions in Latin, Yankee Classic



Erik holds many titles such as 2014 WDC U16 World Ballroom Champion, 2015 WDC U16 World Ballroom and Latin Finalist, 2015 International Championships U16 Ballroom Finalist, 6 times US National Champion, 4 times Junior Blackpool Finalist, 2016 US National Champion U16 Ballroom and Latin, 2016 AAU Junior Olympic Games U19 Ballroom and Latin Champion, 2014 and 2014 International Championships, Horsens, Denmark Champion. Erik has also performed and on television including the Oprah Show, Dancing With The Stars and America’s Got Talent.


Shelly’s accolades include 2nd 2016 US National Championships, 1st 2016 Eastern US Dancesport Championships, 1st 2016 Commonwealth Classic, 2nd 2016 Paragon Open Dancesport Championships, 2nd 2016 Constitution State Dancesport Championships, 2nd 2016 DBDC Dancesport Championships, 2nd 2016 Empire Dancesport Championships, 2016 Manhattan Dancesport Championships Finalist, 2nd 2016 Tri-State Challenge.


“I want to be remembered as a great dancer that made a difference in the people I reach. I want to pursue a professional dance career competing, teaching and performing around the world following in the footsteps of the legends before me. Dance brings freedom to me”. - Erik



“My goal for myself is to feel accomplished with my dancing. That doesn’t mean the Blackpool final or winning first in every competition. It means being happy with my own dancing and having everyone else fall in love with the message my dancing has given.” - Shelly


We love our Aida’s so much. The time we started to wear Aida dance shoes is the time our dancing escalated to a new level. The shoes handmade perfection holds your feet beautifully. On the floor, you can always spot the Aida shoe with its design and structure.


To contact Erik and Shelly visit them at www.erikandshelly.com #erikandshellydance