Erica De La O is from East Los Angeles, CA. She discovered dance through her Godmother Martha Baldwin. Erica trained at Le Studio Pasadena Dance Theatre and continued her studies with Daylena Ruiz. Erica joined Louisville Ballet in 2003. Highlights include La Sylphide (Sylph), Giselle (Giselle), (Odette/Odile) Swan Lake, Alun Jones’ Romeo and Juliet (Juliet) and Cinderella (Cinderella), Quixote (Kitri), Helen Starr’s staging of Les Sylphides (little Waltz), Robert Curran’s Coppélia (Swanhilda), Val Caniparoli’s Seasons (The Sparrow), A Cinderella Story (Nancy), Lady of the Camellias (Marguerite/Olympe) and Marie and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Brown-Forman Nutcracker. Ashton’s Les Patineurs (Blue Girl), Principal in Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Rubies, Concerto Baroque, Square Dance, Who Cares, Agon, and Western Symphony. Prokovsky’s Three Musketeers (Milady), Hougland’s Cold Virtues and Fragile Stasis, Stevenson’s Four Last Songs, Tharp‘s Nine Sinatra Songs, Picket’s Etesian, Choo-San Goh’s In the Glow of Night, Taylor’s Company B, Ma Cong’s Tethered Pulse, Jervies’ Human Abstract, Riley’s Sacred Shifts among others. Recently she debuted her first full-length ballet of Cleopatra at Shakespeare in the Park. She was honored with an award from Kentucky Woman’s Foundation in 2019. She medaled at the Music Center Spotlight Awards, and received the John Orr Award, Pasadena Arts Council. Erica holds an MFA from Hollins University and is a Hadley Creatives artist.
This is Erica’s final season as an artist with Louisville Ballet. Her farewell performance will be as Odette/Odile in Robert Curran’s Swan Lake, Saturday, November 13 at 8:00 pm.