Erin Chong began her training in Sacramento, California at the Deane Dance Center under the direction of Allyson Deane, Richard Shi, and Irina Karoulina. She won second place in the inaugural Crockett-Dean Memorial Competition. Erin went on to train with Melanie Haller, current principal of The School of the Sacramento Ballet.
Although she was offered scholarships to several summer programs, Erin chose to attend the American Ballet Theatre summer intensive in New York from 2009 to 2013. She also attended summer programs for Miami City Ballet, Ellison Ballet, and The Washington Ballet.
At the age of 16, she moved to New York City to train, on scholarship, at Manhattan Youth Ballet under the direction of Deborah Wingert, Daniel Ulbrict, Marina Stavitskya, and the late Peter O'Brien. She also received private instruction from Garielle Whittle, a former dancer with New York City Ballet.
At 17, Ms. Chong accepted a contract with The Washington Ballet where she danced for two years. She performed in ballets such as Kirk Peterson’s reconstruction of Swan Lake and Septime Webre’s world premiere of Sleepy Hollow. She danced soloist roles in performances such as Mercedes in Webre’s Carmen in Havana and the trio in his State of Wonder.
Erin's career has seen her as a soloist in many classical ballets, such as Raymonda, Don Quixote, and Sleeping Beauty. Her work in the neo-classical genre includes the trio in George Balanchine’s Emeralds, as well as pas de deuxs in Who Cares. She also has worked with noted choreographers Brian Reeder, Earl Mosley, Austin Lam, and Adrianne Hurd.
In addition to dancing, Ms. Chong has modeled for Teen Vogue and Seventeen Magazine. She appeared in the Emmy-nominated trailer for The Washington Ballet's Sleepy Hollow. This is Ms. Chong’s first season with Ballet Next.