Charisma School of Dance was founded in Tacoma in 1997 by Erin Fay Montalvo. Erin began studying dance in California at age three, and at eight years old started teaching her neighbor friends how to do ballet in the family garage. After moving to Puyallup, she continued her studies with Tony Gamlieli and Valli Hale, Tacoma City Ballet, Suburban Dance Studio and Pacific Northwest Ballet. During her summers, she would fly to California and study at Tremaine Studios, working with the Fly Girls, Madonna's dancers and Mr. Barry Lathers, most famously known as Michael Jackson's choreographer. Finally, she was able to realize her dream of opening her own dance studio, and Charisma School of Dance was born. Her aim was to teach students of dance all the techniques needed to be successful in an atmosphere of love and caring so that the dance world would be one that would be a welcoming environment that dancers would never want to leave.