dance

Erika Mero

Ballet

Erika Mero began her dance training at Princeton Ballet School. As a dancer in the Professional Training Program, she studied with Elisabeth Carroll, Septime Webre, Maria Youskevitch, Mary Pat Robertson, and Douglas Martin. 

Mero was a member of Princeton Ballet II, a pre-professional company of the school, where she performed works by Sherry Alban and other members of the Princeton Ballet School staff. Later, as a dancer in American Repertory Ballet Workshop, Mero appeared in the premiere of Graham Lustig’s Standstill as well as the ballerina role of Swanhilda in Coppelia. During these years, she also attended The Juilliard School’s summer program for two years.

In 2006, Mero graduated cum laude with a BFA in dance performance from Purchase College–State University of New York. While in attendance there, Mero began teaching at American Repertory Ballet's Princeton Ballet School in 2003 and continues to do so as a ballet instructor. She is also a dance instructor with Princeton Ballet School's Dance Power in New Brunswick and was recently named the curriculum and assessment supervisor for the program. Mero's performance work includes two seasons with Stuart Loungway’s Terra Firma Dance Theatre, several opera productions with Opera New Jersey, and as a featured dancer/choreographer in Capriccio at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. 

In May 2010, Mero graduated with an MA in dance education with a concentration in American Ballet Theatre (ABT) ballet pedagogy from New York University. Mero is an ABT-certified teacher who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT National Training Curriculum. Mero is on the faculty of ABT's Young Dancer Summer Workshop and is an adjunct instructor at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.