Erik Wagner is a dance artist, with a focus on education, choreography, and movement consulting. His ballet and contemporary classes allow dancers to warm up slowly, connecting one’s natural alignment to the ground, encouraging movement efficiency, and physical safety.
His early performing career with the San Francisco Ballet, Béjart Ballet Lausanne, and the Stadttheater Bern lay an eclectic foundation upon which his artistic practices and inquiries are built. “My classical and contemporary movement practices are in conversation with, and inform one another.”
Dance Magazine live-streamed his ballet class via Facebook in 2018, and Dance Teacher Magazine published his views on teaching adagio in 2019. Erik was a guest lecturer of dance at Stanford University from 2013-2015, during which time he perform Jerome Bel’s, The Show Must Go On, for Stanford Live. His teaching credits include Wayne McGregor Random Dance, Les Ballet Jazz de Montréal, Basel Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance, University of South Florida, Gibbs High School for the Performing Arts, and internationally with the ProART Festival in Prague.
In 2020, Erik founded BEHOLDER, a platform to support personal and collaborative creative expression through performance and film. He has created original work for the University of South Florida, Lake Tahoe Dance Collective, The News: Fresh Queer Performance, West Wave Dance Festival, Kunst-Stoff, Joe Goode Feedback, and the LINES Ballet Training Program, where he is a faculty member since 2012.
Stay connected on Instagram: @erikswagner
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