Erin Mesaros began her dance training at the age of 5 near her hometown in Eagle, MI. Her most significant training was received at the Kansas School of Classical Ballet under the direction of Juan Pablo Trujillo and Stefani Schrimpf. In 2015 she began her training on full scholarship as a trainee with the Orlando Ballet School to later join the Orlando Ballet Second Company in 2016. During her time in Orlando she enjoyed dancing in many contemporary and neoclassical pieces with the school, including Telmo Moreira’s Same Old Fear, Arcadian Broad’s Season of Movement, and Robert Hill’s Maestoso. She also had the honor of performing in Orlando Ballet’s productions of Giselle, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, as well as Michael Pink’s Dracula, Arcadian Broad’s Beauty and the Beast, and one of her favorites, George Balanchine’s Serenade. She’s excited for her first season with San Diego Ballet!
Who influenced you most to become the dancer you are today?
My teachers and mentors Juan Pablo Trujillo and Stefani Schrimpf have definitely influenced me the most to become the dancer I am today.
What was the funniest episode(s) you’ve experienced in your career?
I think the funniest moment was when my friend and I were getting ready in the dressing rooms for a character piece. It was about a three-hour show with many different pieces in between ours so we were just getting ready as usual. All of a sudden, we heard our music playing and we quickly went from peacefully getting ready to complete panic as we had to race down the stairs and all the way to the stage before the entrance! I didn’t make it on time, but it became one of those comical moments you just have to laugh at.
Who would you most like to share the stage with (living or dead)?
Marianela Núñez! She’s stunning and currently one of my favorites to look to for inspiration.
What goes through your mind just before you perform?
I remind myself to have fun, thank God for the opportunity and pray that the performance goes really well!
What do you like/admire most about San Diego Ballet?
I really like the positive environment of the company! It feels like we are all a team with everyone being supportive of one another.