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Eric Harris

Ballet


Eric Harris, Ballet

Eric Harris started teaching dance at a very young age.  When he was 15 years old he converted his mother’s garage into a dance studio where he taught clogging to neighborhood children. A year later he took his tape deck and tap shoes on the road to teach clogging in small towns throughout northern Utah and southern Idaho.

Like all cloggers at that time, it was Mr. Harris's goal to travel to Nashville to compete in the National Clogging Championship.  His dreams for a national clogging title never came to pass however, due to a newfound love for the art of ballet. After a short period of taking ballet classes for adult beginners, he made the decision to leave home to study ballet at the North Carolina School of The Arts. It was there that Mr. Harris trained under Duncan Noble and Melissa Hayden among other illustrious instructors. 

He returned to northern Utah where he finished his training under the legendary dance pioneer Willum Christensen.  In an odd twist of fate, Mr. Harris found himself in Nashville, the place of his childhood dreams, where he spent more than a decade performing with Nashville Ballet. During his time in Nashville Ballet, he performed many roles and found his specialty in dramatic character roles including Carabosse the Wicked Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet and, most notably, Uncle Drosselmeyer in Nashville's Nutcracker

Eventually Mr. Harris returned to his teaching roots and has spent the past three years on the faculty of the School of the Nashville Ballet where he teaches other adult students that have discovered their love for the art of ballet.