Erica Cornejo trained at the Arts Institute of the Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires. At age 14, she won a gold medal at the Second International Ballet Competition in Argentina and was immediately invited to join Julio Bocca's Ballet Argentino. She was featured as Bocca's partner in many principal roles. Cornejo joined American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company in 1998 and later that year became a member of ABT's corps de ballet. She was promoted to soloist in 2002.
In 2006 Erica joined Boston Ballet as a Principal Dancer. Cornejo had been honored as a Messenger of Peace by Unesco. She also received a medal of honor from the U.S. chapter of Institute Belgraniano as one of Argentina's leading dancers. Cornejo has been featured on the cover of Pointe Magazine and Dance Magazine. In 1998 Erica and her brother, Herman Cornejo, were invited as guest artists to dance at a special tribute held at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York honoring both President Bill Clinton and Argentinean President Carlos Menem. In 2005, Erica danced for President George Bush at the White House.
Cornejo has created leading roles in Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison and Lar Lubovitch's ". . .smile with my heart". She has performed with Corella Ballet in Spain and worldwide at festivals and ballet galas in Italy, Spain, Greece, Egypt, Israel, Portugal, Japan, Korea, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Brazil, Gala des Étoiles du XXI Siècle in Paris and Canada, and Gala du Diamonds in Moscow.
Her diverse repertoire includes Anna-Marie Holme’s Corsaire, Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, Paul Taylor’s Black Tuesday and Airs, Mark Morris’s Gong, Clark Tippet’s Bruch Violin Concerto, Mikko Nissinen's Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet, Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote, August Bournonville's La Sylphide, Maina Gielgud's Giselle, Val Caniparoli's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion and Lady of the Camile, George Balanchine's Emeralds, Donizetti Variation, Apollo, Coppélia, Theme and Variations, Ballo della Regina and Four Temperament, Michel Fokine's Le Spectre de la Rose, Florence Clerc's Bayadère and Les Sylphide, James Kudelka's Cinderella, Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room, Antony Tudor’s Dark Elegies, William Forsythe's The Second Detail and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude and Jiří Kylián's Sechs Tänze, Petite Mort, No More Play, Falling Angels, and Bella Figura, Jorma Elo’s Bach Cello Suites, Jerome Robbin’s Antique Epigraphs, Hans van Manen’s Black Cake, Angel in John Neumeier’s Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler, Leonid Yakobson’s Pas de Quatre, Tatiana in John Cranko’s Onegin.
Cornejo is still dancing with Boston Ballet as a Principal Dancer and as freelance, Erica has taught at the Boston Ballet Summer Programs as well as for many others. She is a certified teacher by the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum for the levels Primary to III.
Miss Cornejo is the co-founder Artistic director of “INTEGRARTE “ a Dance Art Movement Center in Boston- USA, married to former Boston Ballet principal dancer Carlos Molina and is the sister of ABT principal dancer Herman Cornejo.
Carlos Molina was born in Cali, Colombia. He started his studies at the age of 10 at the Instituto Colombiano de Ballet Clasico “Incolballet”in Cali, where he obtained his Certificate as a Professional Dancer after 8 years of training. He also trained at the Houston Ballet Academy in Texas for one year.
In 1992 Carlos joined The Ballet de Cali Company in Cali-Colombia, where he danced as part of the Corp de Ballet. In 1994 he joined the the Hartford Ballet in CT USA as a Principal Dancer and danced with the company for 4 years. Carlos is the Winner of the first Igor Youskevitch Award given at the New York International Ballet Competition in 1996. During the 1997-1998 season, while still with the Hartford Ballet, Carlos also danced with American Ballet Theatre in NY. In 1998 he joined American Ballet Theatre full time, promoted to soloist in 2001. In 2004 Carlos joined the Boston Ballet as a principal dancer where he danced for 6 years. Mr. Molina has been a freelance principal dancer since 2010.
Along his long career Carlos has danced with many companies and in several events around the World. He has been recognized by many choreographers and directors as an incredible partner and artist. His wide and mixed repertoire as a principal dancer includes ballets such as:
Giselle, Swan Lake, La Sylphide, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Eugene Onegin, Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Fire Bird, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Raymonda, Don Quixote, An Afternoon of a Faun, Spectre de la Rose, Les Sylphides, Le Beches, Etudes, The Dream, Variations for Four, Three Virgens and a Devil, Billy the Kid, Pillar of Fire, Offenbach in the Under World, Leaves are Fading, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Apollo, Western Symphony, Serenade, Who Cares?, The Four Temperaments, Ballet Imperial, Symphony in C, Divertimento # 15, La Valse, Jewels, Theme and Variations, Polyphonia, Sin and Tonic, Bruch Violin Concerto # 1, Belling The Slayer, Paramour, Ancient Airs, Weren’t We Fools, Petit Mort, Six Dances, Sarabanda, Diversion of Angels, Without Words, Black Tuesday, In the Middle Some What Elevated, In the Upper Room, Brahms Haydn Variations, Diana and Acteon Pas de Deux, Flames of Paris, Don Quixote Pas De Deux, Pas D’esclave Pas de Deux, including his own Spartacus, Jeu D’Amour, Carmen… as well as many other works from fantastic and well known Choreographers such as:
John Cranko, McMillan, Petipa, George Balanchine, Fokine, Bronislava Nijinska, Anton Dolin, Antony Tudor, Harold lander, Agnes De Mille, Ashton, Kirk Peterson, Ben Stevenson, John Neumeier, Maina Gielgud, Kevin McKenzie, Bournonville, Mikko Nissinnen, Jiri Kylian; William Forsythe; Nacho Duato; Martha Graham; Paul Taylor; Twayla Tharp; Choo San Goh, Jean Grand Maitre, Graham Lustig, Jorma Elo, Christian Holder, among others.
Carlos is a Certified Ballet Teacher by The American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum since 2008-2009.
In addition Mr. Molina is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Body Worker Has done studies in CranioSacral Therapy with The Upledger Institute, Reflexology, Arvigo Mayan Abdominal Massage, Visceral Manipulation with The Barral Institute, Active Isolated Stretching and Strengthening (AIS) with Mr. Aaron Mattes, Cross Core Training, and is also a Certified Gyrotonic Instructor.