I had opportunity to ask the amazing Erin O’Dea some questions about her magnificent journey to becoming a professional ballerina. Erin graces the stage with real poise and beauty, her love and dedication to ballet is incredible and is paramount for someone in her position. There is no doubt Erin is inspiring the next generation of ballerinas when on stage. Below are Erin’s responses
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started Ballet when I was 10 years old. I played soccer for a long time before I started Ballet. At 11 my mom made me decide between soccer and ballet and I chose Ballet.
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I’m in the Corps de Ballet at Pennsylvania Ballet.
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I’ve been on pointe since I was 11. I started very young and very soon after I started Ballet. I don’t recommend this for everyone. Personally, I think you should wait until your ankles and feet are strong enough and your techniques is strong as well.
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I wear Grishko 2007
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
When I was in second grade I took a hip-hop class. We did a little performance at the end of the year and I got to see Ballet Dancer’s for the first time in the show as well. I was mesmerized by fouetté turns on pointe. That’s all I wanted to do.
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
I love lilac Fairy variation.
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
PA Ballet has been a dream come true. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a Ballet company. The director is incredible. Very humble and positive. Easy to work with and so smart.
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favourite moment so far in Ballet was this past season performing my first variation on stage with a professional Company. The thrill and adrenaline was crazy.
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Misa Kuranaga, Seo Hye Han, Mayara Pineiro, and Jeff Cirio are some of the Dancer’s I look up to.
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
“Not every day is going to be a good day, the bad days will make you better”-Rosemary McCarter
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
I love to read, crochet, watch movies at the movie theatre or at home, go to the beach, shop, hangout with my boyfriend and spend time in California with my family.