Erina Takahashi was born in Kushiro, Japan and trained in the Kushiro Ballet Academy under the direction of Kou Yano. In 1992 Erina was the winner of the Chubu Newspaper Company Award (Chubu All Japan Ballet Competition).
In 1996 Erina moved to London to join the English National Ballet and was promoted to the rank of Principal dancer in 2000 and then to Lead Principal in 2007.
Erina’s awards include “Best Female Newcomer” at the 2001 UK Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. She is Patron of New English Ballet Theatre and appears as Gulnare in English National Ballet’s production of Le Corsaire on DVD.
Some of her career highlights include creating Aurora in Derek Deane’s “The Sleeping Beauty” at the Royal Albert Hall and Clara in Christopher Hampson’s “The Nutcracker”, performing Akram Khan’s “Dust” on the main Pyramid stage at Glastonbury and performing the leading role of The Woman in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s “Song of the Earth” at the Royal Opera House.
45 Degrees Of MeErina TakahashiErina Takahashi gives and interview about her life and work so far.Other Classes
Sugar Plum Fairy SoloErina Takahashi9 MinutesAdvanced LevelIn this film, Erina teaches through the Sugar Plum Fairy’s famous Solo from the Grand Pas de Deux in Nutcracker Act II in the Kingdom of the Sweets. After a beautiful studio performance of this Solo, Erina...
Nutcracker Adagio & CodaErina Takahashi & Joseph CaleyNutcracker Adagio & Coda36 MinutesAdvancedIn this film, Erina & Joseph teach through the famous Duet and Coda of The Sugar Plum Fairy and the Prince from the Grand Pas de Deux of The Nutcracker Act...