Erica Meldrum began her formal ballet training in Texas, under the direction of Mark Lanham and Stephanie Parker. While under their very personal mentoring style, Erica was prepared to attend summer programs and receive training under guest artists such as Misty Copeland and many other gifted teachers. This foundation gave way to the opportunity for acceptance into the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. Here she was provided with a full-time intensive training program under the tutelage of Marjorie Grundvig and Dennis Marshall. The school also provided an excellent staff of professional ballet artists whose individual instruction contributed to her love of ballet and developing style as an artist. Ms. Erica then joined Ballet Idaho and had the pleasure of working under the direction of Artistic Director Peter Anastos and Ballet Master Alex Ossabnik. While dancing with Ballet Idaho, she performed roles in Peter Anastos’s The Nutcracker, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, The Sleeping Beauty, Ravel Piano Concerto, Balanchine’s Rubies, and many other contemporary works choreographed by company members and local artists.
In 2016, Ms. Erica joined SBDA’s faculty with a great desire to offer students training that could lead to professional careers, as well as academic opportunities. Ms. Erica recognizes the importance of becoming a lifelong learner to offer reputable instruction that parents and students can trust. Ms. Erica began working in 2018 directly with American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum in NY to teach their methodology. She is now certified in levels Pre-primary through level 7 and Partnering and will begin holding examinations at SBDA as well as continue working directly with ABT to further her abilities as a teacher.
SBDA's American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Program Director