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Choreographer & Trustee
Originally from Muncie, Indiana, Eric Skinner has been working on the West Coast as both a performer and choreographer for over twenty years. Eric originally trained as a gymnast before receiving his B.A. in Dance from Butler University's Jordan School of Fine Arts in Indianapolis. He has danced professionally with the Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Oregon, Pacific Ballet Theatre, Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, and was a founding member of Oregon Ballet Theatre. With these companies he performed the work of noted classical and contemporary choreographers including George Balanchine, Dennis Spaight, James Canfield, Paul Taylor, Bebe Miller, Donald Byrd and Jonathan Wolken of Pilobolus. Following his departure from OBT, he danced with contemporary choreographer Gregg Bielemeier and was a founder of aero/betty aerial dance theatre before joining artistic directors Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland in their innovative dance company, Bodyvox, in which he performs and serves as Artistic Associate. Eric is additionally Co-Artistic Director of the Skinner|Kirk Ensemble, which serves as a vehicle for his choreographic inventions. Their commissioned work for IPB includes aerial performances for The Little Mermaid and "X-Axis."