From Franklin, Tenn.
With Nashville Ballet since 2017
Training and Education
School of Nashville Ballet
A Franklin, Tennessee native, Erin Williams’s relationship with dance and Nashville Ballet are deeply intertwined. She began her ballet training with School of Nashville Ballet at age 6 attending classes at the ballet’s Brentwood campus and has remained in Nashville Ballet’s studios since. As a student, Williams even landed the coveted youth cast role of Clara in Nashville’s Nutcracker in 2012 before being accepted into School of Nashville Ballet’s Professional Training Division in 2015. In PTD, Williams continued developing her strong sense of artistry and mastering her craft; she also continued her familiarity with Nashville’s Nutcracker by dancing roles in both Snow and Flower corps.
Just two years after joining PTD, Williams was hired as a NB2 artist. As a member of Nashville Ballet’s official second company, Williams flourished, catching the attention of artistic leadership, eventually leading to her promotion to company apprentice in 2019. No stranger to Nashville Ballet’s company, Williams had the privilege of dancing alongside them in classical ballets like The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, as well as neoclassical rep like George Balanchine’s Western Symphony while in NB2. Additionally, she had numerous new works created on her during her time in the second company including Colby Damon’s Heart, Charlotte Boye-Christensen’s Lines to Read Between, and Gina Patterson’s 72 Steps, the latter of which Williams lists as a career highlight of particular note due to its galvanizing relevancy to today’s culture. In addition to 72 Steps, Williams lists Paul Vasterling’s Seasons as one of the most enjoyable works she’s ever danced for its effervescence and femininity.
True to her Nashville roots, Williams enjoys going to local concerts and cheering on the Nashville Predators when not in the studio or on stage. She further maintains the strength and stamina needed in her work by boxing, too.