Mexico City, Mexico
Joined Ballet Arizona: 2023
Training: DanceFit Impulso al Talento, Miami City Ballet School
Erick Bernardo Rojas Ortega was born in Mexico City, Mexico. At the age of 2, he began studying ballet with his mother, who helped him find passion for the art form. He then trained in two different schools in Mexico, finishing his training in DanceFit Impulso al Talento de Mexico A.C. At age 14, he moved to Miami City Ballet School to train under the direction of Arantxa Ochoa. He received many scholarships throughout his time at MCBS and also had the opportunity to perform a variety of leading roles, in productions such as August Bournonville’s William Tell, excerpts from Marius Petipa Coppelia as “Franz,” the Don Quixote’s Grand Pas de Deux, Jerome Robbins’s 2 and 3 Part Inventions, as well as George Balanchine’s Western Symphony and Who Cares?
During the pandemic, Miami City Ballet Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez asked Rojas to work with the company in a remote ballet A Dance for Heroes, by Durante Verzola. It was inspired and dedicated to the heroes who risked their lives to help the rest of society. In addition, he had performed with Miami City Ballet in Alexei Ratmansky’s Swan Lake and as the role of “Prince” in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Erick Rojas joined New Jersey Ballet under Maria Kowroski’s direction in 2022, where he performed Peter Martins’ Hallelujah Junction, Lauren Lovette’s Not our Fate, and in The Sleeping Beauty as the Bluebird. He joined the Company for the 2023-24 season.