Erik has taken dance classes in Columbia since he was nine years old, at the Center for Dance Education and Columbia Conservatory of Dance. His love of dancing began playing Fritz in Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet’s Nutcracker and picnic/Victorian child in Columbia City Ballet’s Dracula. He worked his way up to dancing principal roles with Carolina Ballet, such as Snow Cavalier in Nutcracker and The Poet in Les Sylphides.
Erik attended The Kirov Academy of Classical Ballet in Washington DC for a year, establishing a love of Russian style ballet. He pursued summer intensives to continually strengthen and expand his skills and style, especially loving the Bournonville style of ballet taught at The Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, where he attended for the past 4 summers. Other programs include: Prague Ballet Intensive, La Scala-Milan, Henny Jurriens Stichting-Amsterdam, The Royal Ballet-London, Bolshoi Ballet-NYC, Gelsey Kirkland Academy-NYC, Joffrey Ballet School-NYC, Cincinnati Ballet, Kirov Academy-DC and Carolina Ballet in Columbia. A chance to spend a month in Havana, Cuba, training with the talented teachers and dancers of ProDanza, was an inspiring experience that he treasures.
This is Erik’s third year at Columbia City Ballet! He is still learning so much by being a part of this company of diverse and talented dancers.