Erick “E-Rock” Uphoff is 20 years old and lives in Los Angeles, California. During his childhood days, he took an interest in sports but upon watching a production of The Nutcracker, the young athlete decided to take on a new route and switch to dancing at the age of nine. His military father disapproved of his new activity but when he watched E-Rock perform, he realized that it was truly his son's passion. E-Rock trained in jazz, hip-hop, modern, tap and ballet. A cute girl in his ballet class gave him more reasons to attend his classes. His parents supported him along the way and even made huge sacrifices just so they could afford his trainings and meet the demands of his competitions. E-Rock attended East Chapel Hill High School and moved to L.A. in 2005 in search of a work as a dancer.
E-Rock's favorite dance style is hip-hop because he believes that the moves just come out naturally on him. He is also passionate about lyrical. His career highlight was being on a tribute show where he got the chance to perform onstage with singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder. His accomplishments include being part of two music videos. He was also part of a two-week show for Smokey Robinson and has danced with Joss Stone and Heather Headley.
As of the moment, the song that makes him want to get up and dance is “Don't Stop The Music” by Rihanna.
E-Rock's mom, Carol Uphoff, is 43 and resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Carol confessed that she loves watching E-Rock do the ballet and the lyrical. She has taken dance classes herself at Erick's studio.E-Rock and Carol
Uphoff are one of the ten competing pairs on the Lifetime TV reality series Your Mama Don't Dance
. Dubbed as the dance competition with a twist, contestants on the show auditioned without knowing that their dancing partners would be their very own parents. Five male contestants and five female contestants would foxtrot and mambo with their mothers and fathers as they compete to win the title and the $100,000 cash prize. E-Rock is confident in his mother's strong background in dance and believes that she's incredibly fit.
(Photo courtesy of Lifetime)