Erica Lall is from Cypress, Texas and her parents were born in the Caribbean. Her sister is an attorney and talented dancer who inspired Erica from an early age. She started dance classes when she was two, sitting in the back of her sister’s classes, and attended her first movement class at 4. In middle school Erica studied Speech & Theater Arts which reinforced her stage skills. Erica’s parents tried to interest her in many other activities but she just wanted to dance.
She enjoyed ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap and hip hop and entered several dance competitions winning top awards. She loved the feeling of being on stage and trained hard to please her audiences.
Erica trained at the Houston Ballet Academy for 6 years with a merit scholarship and received the Houston Ballet Academy award for the Upper School. She performed in many Houston Ballet Productions including seven seasons of The Nutcracker.
Erica attended several summer intensive programs, including Dance Theatre of Harlem and ABT in Orange County. In 2012 she received an ABT National Training Scholar award. In 2013 at the age of 15, she left home to continue her training at ABT’s JKO School with a full scholarship. Erica is the first recipient of the Josephine Premise Fales / Project Plié award. Project Plié is a nationwide program developed by ABT to diversify Ballet by training and supporting young talented dancers of color.
In the fall of 2014 Erica joined ABT’s Studio Company where she performed “Little Improvisations” by Anthony Tudor, “Hush” by Stephen Mills, “Duets” by Merce Cunningham, “Untitled” by Pontus Lidberg, ”Le Corsaire” excepts by Marius Pepita, “Metallurgy” by Susan Jaffe, and “Murmuration” by George Williamson. She has had roles in ABT’s fall 2014-spring 2015 season including the roles of Snow and Flower in Alexei Ratmanski’s “Nutcracker”, ABT’s 75th Anniversary fall and spring Galas, David Hallberg’s Legacy Gala, ABT’s Cinderella, Swan Lake, and Romeo and Juliet.
Erica has made guest appearances including the SphinxCon Symphony Conference in 2014 where she performed the “Dying Swan” solo; Harlem School of the Art’s 2015 performance as “Goddess of the Stars” in “Space Oddity”; “Bluebird” at the Tribeca Film Festival for the premier of Misty Copeland’s film “A Ballerina’s tale”; and the lead in Irish Repertory Theatre’s 2015 Gala hosted by Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick. Erica worked on the Under Armour “Rule Yourself” commercial as a dancer, and was used to create Computer Generated Images.
Erica has done three series of “Water Dance” by Alan Smith, a renowned photographer in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She has served as a subject in dance and movement for other photographers and is a model for major brands of dance wear such as Gaynor Minden, Ballet Rosa, and Bloch.
In December 2015, Erica was promoted to Apprentice in ABT’s main company and in May 2016 became a member pf the Corps de Ballet. Erica has appeared in roles in the ballets in ABT’s 2016 and 2017 performance seasons at the Lincoln Center as well as national and international tours. Erica has been fortunate to me mentored by iconic ballerinas such as Lauren Anderson, Karina Gonzalez and Misty Copeland.
A bit of trivia:
Erica did not have a costume for ABT’s Halloween 2016 ballet class. She put together her pink ballet wear and went to class as “Aunt Viv” from an episode of “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”. When she was not recognized as being in costume, Erica learned “Aunt Viv’s” choreography in a few minutes and posted her version in split screen with the original to explain her character. The Instagram post went viral and several major publications wrote articles about her costume and declared that Erica “Won Halloween!”