Adjunct Faculty, School of Dance, CVPA
Building: de Laski Performing Arts Bldg
Mail Stop: 3D4
Erin Du received her formal ballet training at Princeton Ballet School. In her senior year of high school, Ms. Du was invited by then Artistic Director of American Repertory Ballet, Septime Webre to join ARB. In 1999, she moved to Washington, DC to join The Washington Ballet where Ms. Du performed leading roles in various classical and neoclassical ballets. She has also had the privilege of performing featured roles by choreographers such as Paul Taylor, Jerome Robbins, William Forsythe, Nacho Duato, Twyla Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon, Lila York, Trey McIntyre, and Septime Webre. In 2005, while maintaining her position with The Washington Ballet, Ms. Du joined The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, performing soloist roles in some of George Balanchine’s most beloved ballets. The Washington Times recognized her soloist performance in Clarinade as being one of the best performances of the year in their annual Cheers and Jeers column. Ms. Du joined American Dance Institute in 2008 as a full time faculty member and was School Director from 2010 to the Spring of 2015. For the next year, she worked alongside her husband and long-time colleague, Runqiao Du as Co-Director of the Future Artists Initiative, a new scholarship program promoting diversity in dance. Ms. Du has been an adjunct faculty member and guest teacher at Towson University. Ms. Du has taught master classes nationally and internationally. In addition to her performing and teaching career, she has served as repititeur, setting Septime Webre and Trey McIntyre’s ballets on companies worldwide.
Photo credit: Theo Kossenas