Mads Eriksen

Mads Eriksen grew up in Copenhagen Denmark, where he attended The Royal Danish Ballet School training under Niels Balle and Adam Luders. After his graduation in 2002, he joined The Royal Danish Ballet, where he danced numerous soloist roles including: Pas de six and Tarantella in August Bourneville's Napoli, 2nd movement in George Balanchine's Symphony in C, Officer in Alexei Ratmansky's Anna Karenina, Metacomet in Jose Limons The Unsung, Brabantino in Louise Midjords Othello, Handwerker in John Neumeiers A midsummer night's dream, Les Gentilles L'hommes by Peter Martins, Etudes by Harald Lander and Polacca by Anna Laerkesen and 2nd Piano Concert by Georges Balanchine. Mr. Eriksen has been lucky enough to originate roles in works by renowed choreographers such as John Neumeier, Alexei Ratmansky, Yuan Yuan Wang, Jorma Uotinen, Jo Stroemgren. From 2007-2009 Mr. Eriksen danced with Ballet San Jose, performing in roles such as: Baron von Rothbart in Dennis Nahat's Swan Lake, Theme and Variations, The Four Temperaments and Serenade by George Balanchine. 
Mads Eriksen was a founding member of the touring group: Made in Denmark a group of young dancers from The Royal Danish Ballet. He performed at prestigious dance festivals including: Jacobs Pillow Dance and Nerja Dance Festival in Spain. His repertoire with Made in Denmark includes Le Corsaire pas de trois by Marius Petipa and Jockey Dance and Napoli by August Bournonville. 

Mr. Eriksen began teaching at Ballet San Jose School in 2008 and was promoted to Senior Faculty in 2012 and Principal Faculty in 2014. In 2016 Mr. Eriksen was named Principal of The New Ballet School in San Jose, where he taught and choreographed for all levels. 

Mads Eriksen is a ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Since 2015 Mr. Eriksen has been a National Training Curriculum Fellow, successfully presenting students for exams from level 1 to level 7. Mr. Eriksen is a sought after guest teacher. Teaching at various schools such as, American Ballet Theatre's JKO, The Royal Danish Ballet School, The University of Utah, Regional Dance America's National Festival and Ballet West Academy. 

Mads Eriksen has created several neoclassical ballets most notably:

  • Bachnias Brasilieres, Ballet San Jose School 2012
  • Lark, Ballet San Jose School 2013
  • Concerto No. 4, Ballet San Jose School 2013
  • Concerto Grosso, Silicon Valley Ballet School 2014
  • Influx, Spector Dance 2014
  • Salute to Bournonville, Silicon Valley Ballet School 2014
  • Serenade for Strings, Silicon Valley Ballet School 2015
  • Desdemona, The New Ballet Studio Company 2016
  • Canzoneta, Sacramento Ballet Youth Ensemble 2016
  • Day Dream, The New Ballet Studio Company 2016