Erik has taken dance classes in Columbia since he was nine years old and his love of dancing began playing Fritz in Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet’s Nutcracker and a picnic child in Columbia City Ballet’s Dracula. He worked his way up to dancing principle 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 on full scholarship 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, which he attended two years ago and was offered a full scholarship to return last summer, and plans to return again the summer of 2018.
Erik has chosen to attend a variety of other summer intensives including The Royal Ballet in London, Bolshoi Ballet in New York (partial scholarship), Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet in New York (full scholarship with invitation to study full time), Joffrey Ballet School in New York and Cincinnati Ballet (partial scholarship).
Cuban technique and style, especially incredible turning ability, drew Erik to Havana for a month last year to train with ProDanza Ballet. This was a great cultural experience and he learned much from them. ProDanza invited him to return and dance with the company, which he would love to do some day!
This is Erik’s second year at Columbia City Ballet and his first year as a company member. He is learning so much and is very happy being a part of this company of diverse and talented dancers.