Erica Fischbach Academy Director

Academy Director Erica Fischbach enjoyed a 20-year professional ballet career with American Ballet Theatre and Pacific Northwest Ballet before embarking on her current teaching career. Ms. Fischbach comes to the Colorado Ballet after nine years as the Artistic Director of Southhold Dance Theater in South Bend, IN. Ms. Fischbach is certified in the American Ballet Theatre Curriculum and the Gyrotonic Method. She has been on the faculty of the country's leading professional summer intensives including American Ballet Theatre and the Colorado Ballet, and is a current guest faculty at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and the Cecchetti Council of America.

Ms. Fischbach began her training in Ballet and Highland Dance with Theresa Bullard’s Kalamazoo Ballet Company at the age of seven. When she was 12, her family moved to Milwaukee, where she studied on scholarship at the Milwaukee Ballet under the direction of Ted Kivett and Basil Thompson, and trained privately with former Israeli Ballet principal Mariana Sachs Laufer. At 15, Ms. Fischbach was awarded a scholarship to attend the North Carolina School of the Arts for three years where she studied primarily with NYCB’s Melissa Hayden and Mimi Paul, ABT’s Fanchon Cordell, and Ballet Russe’s Duncan Noble.

During her first months as a professional dancer, Ms. Fischbach had the privilege of dancing Balanchine ballets as a principal under the direction of Edward Villella before accepting a position with Pacific Northwest Ballet, where she danced principal and soloist roles in numerous Balanchine ballets. After nine years with PNB, Ms. Fischbach took two years away from company life and freelanced as a guest artist and guest teacher of ballet, Pilates, and Gyrotonic based classes.

In 1996 Ms. Fischbach was invited to join the American Ballet Theatre under the direction of Kevin McKenzie, where she danced until 2005. Ms. Fischbach had roles created for her in world premier ballets by Lar Lubovitch, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, and Kevin McKenzie and danced principal roles in ballets by Anthony Tudor, Twyla Tharp, Jiri Kylian, and Agnes DeMille. She also enjoyed featured roles in the company’s full length classical repertoire. On September 8, 2001, Ms. Fischbach was featured as a principal guest artist for Twyla Tharp performing Tharp’s “Sinatra Suite” at the World Trade Center in New York City. Ms. Fischbach has appeared in several Dance in America films, the PNB Nutcracker, and Center Stage.

During Ms. Fischbach’s tenure at Southold Dance Theater, the school and youth company became a prominent presence at the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) competition. Southold’s Youth Company dancers were awarded 1st place in the Pas de Deux, Classical solo, Contemporary solo, and Ensemble categories during this time. In 2013 and 2015, YAGP honored Ms. Fischbach with the “Outstanding Teacher” award. Her graduating students have been accepted into professional companies and top ranked collegiate dance programs all over the country. Many of her current students have been awarded scholarships into prestigious summer intensives and year round programs.

Ms. Fischbach has been praised for her choreography and adaptations of the famous Classic Ballets to incorporate dancers of all ages. She has choreographed full length versions of The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Les Patineurs, and numerous original concert pieces for YAGP and community performances.

Erica Fischbach is thrilled to lead Colorado Ballet Academy’s team of dedicated, world class professionals.


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