Eric Carvill, Director
Eric Carvill began his dance training as a boy at local studios in Northeastern Ohio. As his involvement and love for ballet grew, he pursued his studies and was awarded scholarships to Chautauqua Institution and School of American Ballet while also being offered opportunities and additional scholarships at other national level programs. He began his professional and freelance careers at the age of 17, and was contracted with Ohio Ballet at the age of 18 as well as beginning to teach in the community. While there, he performed many principal roles in a range of styles until its demise in 2007. At a pivotal point in his career Eric was offered contracts with several other professional companies where he maintains connections however, he chose to remain in the Akron area to continue teaching and contributing his knowledge to the local arts while still working and travelling as a freelance performer and teacher. He had started to feel that his calling was to draw from a world of influence and experiences to share with his hometown and community, teaching others to be more explorative as they gain both in skill and ambition. This unique outlook has served him well, as a sought after coach he has played a role in training students who have received hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships, been admitted to schools such as American Ballet Theatre and Pacific Northwest Ballet among others, signed professional contracts, been admitted to the top collegiate programs, assisted top choreographers, appeared on television, and won the highest awards in national competitions.
A few of Eric's favorite roles as a performer have been Romeo in Romeo and Juliette, Franz in Coppelia, Renfield inDracula, and Oberon as well as Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream. He also enjoys performing many of the grand pas de deux after Petipa, mainly Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. He has presented these roles on countless stages across the country in cities such as Honolulu, Long Beach, Santa Fe, Minneapolis, Charleston, Miami, and Buffalo. Feeling most at home in a dance studio, he loves the process of rehearsing just as much as peforming and enjoys classical as well as contemporary and neoclassical work. Some of the more notable choreographers whose works he has studied and performed include Lynn Taylor Corbett, Cynthia Gregory, George Balanchine, Mark Diamond and Salvator Aiello. His teaching and choreographic opportunities include convention classes for Dance Masters of America, master classes at Punahou School and other private institutions, privately coaching award winning students as they prepare for Youth American Grand Prix, as well as several commissioned works for regional companies and the City of Akron.
Eric is very excited to deepen his commitment to Northeast Ohio's young talent through his work at the Hudson Conservatory of Ballet. He continues to expand his knowledge while he shares and teaches the next generation of performers. He looks forward to inspiring children and young artists to raise the awareness of the artistic strength our region represents and to help them work towards their individual goals in dance, on any path they wish to pursue