Ervin Vallecillo

Born in Managua Nicaragua, Ervin began as a folklore traditional dancer in the group Flor de mi Colina, as well as Ballet Folklorico el Gueguense, and Ballet Folklorico Quetzalnauhalt. He later undertook breakdance at the age of 12. It wasn’t until Ervin was 15 that he began his professional studies in classical ballet. He graduated from the National Ballet School of Nicaragua under the direction of Maestro William Herrera. During Ervin’s last few years at the National Ballet School, Ervin danced alongside Compañía Ballet de Nicaragua in their productions. In 2010, Ervin was selected to dance the principal role in Peter Pan, a performance put on by APROQUEN in the National Theatre of Nicaragua. Immediately after graduating at the National Ballet School, Ervin received his first contract with the National Dance Company of El Salvador, where he toured all of El Salvador as well as Cuba, and attended other international dance festivals abroad. He worked closely with world-renowned choreographers such as Nicole Fonte, Darryl Thomas, and Charles Vodoz while dancing in El Salvador under the direction of Karol Marenco. Ervin danced with the National Dance Company of El Salvador for only half a season because soon after he was invited to dance with Mystic Ballet in the United States. He danced with Mystic Ballet under a contract for four years. His performance repertoire includes “Sun and Steal”, choreographed by Lauren Edson and performed in Peridance’s APAP Dance Showcase in New York City, as well as at Jacob’s Pillow, and in a European and Central American tour to Serbia, Germany, and Nicaragua. Ervin also danced “Marooned” at Jacob’s Pillow, choreographed by Gabrielle Lamb. Ervin later danced with Virginia National Ballet for the 2015/2016 season. During his time in Virginia, Ervin was given permission to guest perform soloist roles in Connecticut Ballet’s productions of Cinderella and The Nutcracker, where he danced with Ask La Cour, Amar Ramasar, Stella Abrera, and other principal dancers from New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. With Virginia National Ballet, Ervin also had the privilege to share the stage as a soloist with Aria Alekzander, Royal Ballet’s Aaron Smyth, and ABT’s Principal Dancers, James Whiteside and Isabella Boylston. After Ervin’s expansive professional experience in the United States, he returned to his hometown in Managua, where he was a valuable dancer, teacher and choreographer for Compañía Ballet de Nicaragua. He danced in multiple international galas, and was also invited to choreograph the tavern scene of Carmina Burana, choreographed mainly by National Ballet of Cuba’s choreographer, Eduardo Blanco. From 2017 onwards, Ervin guest performed soloist roles in Costa Rica’s well-acclaimed The Nutcracker, in which he danced with principal dancers from Czech National Ballet, Cuban National Ballet, and numerous ballet companies in Russia. Ervin has been a valuable teacher at Attitude Danza Studio in Managua, Nicaragua where he began as the hip hop teacher in 2008, but later was promised to becoming one of the leading ballet masters in the academy. He is the co-founder of Attitude’s Taller Coreografico, a youth company that tours all of Central America, in which he is currently choreographer, dancer, and ballet teacher. In 2020, Ervin traveled to Europe where he danced with Bulgaria’s State Opera Stara Zagora in the ballet company. He danced there for eight months, until he was needing to return to his home country during the Covid-19 pandemic. Since returning to Nicaragua, Ervin has been one of the main ballet masters at Attitude Danza Studio. He has also had the privilege to be co-artistic director for Attitude Danza Studio’s production of The Nutcracker in 2022, as well as an invaluable choreographer for various pieces for the school’s year end performances. This coming November 2023, Ervin will be artistic director for Attitude Danza Studio’s production of Cinderella, which will be dedicated to Ervin as a signature of prestige and gratitude for the many years he has been an essential part of Attitude Danza Studio. Beginning September 2023, Ervin will be dancing once again with Virginia National Ballet, but this time with his wife, Elizabeth Vallecillo.


In addition to Ervin’s expansive professional and teaching experience, he has performed numerous times with High Dance Company, a Latino dance company based in Managua, Nicaragua. Ervin has also been a main Nicaraguan national TV figure in the educational children’s program, Chispas y Risas on VosTV channel 14, where he shows up as “Doctor Lupara”.


Ervin is thrilled to begin dancing again with Virginia National Ballet for the 2023-2024 season, this time along with his wife, Elizabeth.

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