Erin Chong Faculty & Staff
Erin Chong Erin Chong began her training in Sacramento, California at the Deane Dance Center under the direction of Allyson Deane, Richard Shi and Irina Karoulina. At the age of eight, she took part in in the inaugural Crockett-Dean Memorial Competition - competing against much older dancers to win second place in her division. She went on to train with Melanie Haller, current principal of The School of the Sacramento Ballet. Although she was offered scholarships to several summer programs, she chose to attend the American Ballet Theatre summer intensive in New York from 2009 to 2013. She also attended summer programs for Miami City Ballet, Ellison and The Washington Ballet. She attended Manhattan Youth Ballet’s summer program on scholarship. At 16 she moved to New York City to train, on scholarship, at Manhattan Youth Ballet under the direction of Deborah Wingert,
Daniel Ulbrict, Marina Stavitskya, and the late Peter O'Brien. She also received private instruction from Garielle Whittle, a former dancer with the New York City Ballet. At the age of 17, Ms. Chong accepted a contract with The Washington Ballet where she danced for two years. Although only a trainee, she performed with the company many times including Kirk Peterson’s reconstruction of Swan Lake and in Septime Webre’s world premiere, Sleepy Hollow. She also danced soloist roles in performances with The Washington Ballet Second Company, such as Mercedes in Webre’s Carmen in Havana and the trio in his State of Wonder. Throughout her career she has been a soloist in many classical ballets, such as Raymonda, Don Quixote and Sleeping Beauty. Her work in the neo-classical genre includes the trio in George Balanchine’s Emeralds, as well as pas de deuxs in Who Cares. She also has worked with noted choreographers Brian Reeder, Earl Mosley, Austin Lam and Adrianne Hurd. In addition to dancing, Ms. Chong has modeled for Teen Vogue and Seventeen Magazine. She appeared in the Emmy nominated trailer for The Washington Ballet's Sleepy Hollow. She is currently a freelance dancer, teacher and coach.