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Erica Pereira was born in Northport, New York. She began studying ballet at the age of 8 and enrolled at Ballet Academy East from the age of ten.

In 2005, Ms. Pereira began studying at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet. She attended summer programs at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Ms. Pereira became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in December 2006.

While an apprentice, Ms. Pereira danced the role of Juliet in Peter Martins’ Romeo + Juliet as part of the 2007 spring season. She joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet that May.

In December 2009, Ms. Pereira was promoted to soloist.

Portrait © Paul Kolnik


  • Allegro Brillante
  • Ballo della Regina
  • Chaconne
  • Coppélia (Swanilda, Waltz)
  • Danses Concertantes
  • Divertimento from 'Le Baiser de la Fée'
  • Divertimento No. 15
  • Harlequinade (Pierrette)
  • Jewels (Emeralds, Rubies)
  • La Source
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hermia, Butterfly)
  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® (Sugarplum Fairy, Dewdrop, Marzipan, Dolls)
  • Raymonda Variations
  • "Rubies" from Jewels
  • Serenade
  • Scotch Symphony
  • Square Dance
  • Stars and Stripes
  • The Steadfast Tin Soldier
  • Symphony in C (Third Movement, Fourth Movement)
  • Symphony in Three Movements
  • Tarantella
  • Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3
  • Vienna Waltzes
  • Walpurgisnacht Ballet


  • Bournonville Divertissements (Ballabile from Napoli)


  • The Exchange


  • Bal de Couture
  • Jeu de Cartes
  • River of Light
  • Romeo + Juliet (Juliet)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Eloquence, Ruby, Princess Florine)
  • Swan Lake (Pas de Quatre, Pas de Trois, Neapolitan)


  • Namouna, A Grand Divertissement


  • 2 & 3 Part Inventions
  • The Four Seasons (Winter)
  • Interplay


  • Mercurial Manoeuvres

Peter Martins

  • Mirage

Alexei Ratmansky

  • Namouna, A Grand Divertissement

Anatomy of a Dance

Erica Pereira on Divertimento from 'Le Baiser de la Fée'

Erica Pereira reveals some of the special details and technicalities of the tricky partnering in Balanchine's choreography to Stravinsky's lyrical score in Divertimento from 'Le Baiser de la Fée'.