Erik has taken dance classes in Columbia at the Center for Dance Education and Columbia Conservatory of Dance since he was nine years old. His love of dancing began while playing “Fritz” in Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet’s Nutcracker and “Picnic/Victorian Child” in Columbia City Ballet’s Dracula: Ballet with a Bite. 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, D.C. for a year establishing a love for Russian-style ballet. He pursued summer intensives to continually strengthen and expand his skills thus becoming especially fond of the Bournonville-style of ballet. Erik studied this technique at The Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen where he attended classes for the past four summers. He also studied at Prague Ballet Intensive, Milan’s La Scala, Henny Jurriëns Studio in Amsterdam, The Royal Ballet in London, New York City’s Bolshoi Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Academy and Joffrey Ballet School and with Cincinnati Ballet. He was also awarded a chance to spend a month in Havana, Cuba training with the talented teachers and dancers of ProDanza Ballet Academy, which was an inspiring experience that he treasures.
This is Erik’s third year at Columbia City Ballet where he is still learning so much by being a part of this company of diverse and talented dancers.