Ervin Daniel Vallecillo Ibarra
HELLO, MY NAME IS
Ervin Daniel Vallecillo Ibarra
Born in Managua Nicaragua, Ervin began as a folklore traditional dancer in the group Flor de mi Colina, as well as Ballet Folklorico el Gueguense, and Ballet Folklorico Quetzalnauhalt. He later undertook breakdance at the age of 12. It wasn’t until Ervin was 15 that he began his professional studies in classical ballet. He graduated from the National Ballet School of Nicaragua under the direction of William Herrera.
During Ervin’s last few years at the National Ballet School, he danced alongside Compañía Ballet de Nicaragua in their productions. Immediately after his graduation, Ervin received his first contract with the National Dance Company of El Salvador, where he toured nationally, as well as in Cuba. He worked closely with world-renowned choreographers such as Nicole Fonte, Darryl Thomas, and Charles Vodoz while dancing in El Salvador under the direction of Karol Marenco. Ervin danced with the National Dance Company of El Salvador for only half a season because soon after he was invited to dance with Mystic Ballet in the United States. He danced with Mystic Ballet under a contract for four years, where he toured around the USA, as well as Serbia, Germany, and Nicaragua. Ervin later danced with Virginia National Ballet for one season, sharing the stage as a soloist with Aria Alekzander, Royal Ballet’s Aaron Smyth, and American Ballet Theatre’s Principal Dancers, James Whiteside and Isabella Boylston. During his time in Virginia, Ervin was given permission to guest perform soloist roles in Connecticut Ballet’s productions of “Cinderella” and “The Nutcracker”, where he danced with Ask La Cour, Amar Ramasar, Stella Abrera, and other principal dancers from New York City Ballet and ABT. After Ervin’s professional experience in the USA, he returned to his hometown in Managua and to Compañía Ballet de Nicaragua but this time as a valuable dancer, teacher and choreographer. He danced in multiple international galas and was invited to choreograph the tavern scene of Eduardo Blanco’s “Carmina Burana”. From 2017 onwards, Ervin guest performed soloist roles in Costa Rica’s largest annual production, “The Nutcracker”, in which he danced with principal dancers from Czech National Ballet, Cuban National Ballet, and numerous ballet companies in Russia. In 2020, Ervin traveled to Europe where he danced with Bulgaria’s State Opera Stara Zagora in the ballet company. He danced there for only eight months because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Since returning to Nicaragua, Ervin has been one of the main ballet masters at Attitude Danza Studio. He has had the privilege to be co-artistic director for Attitude Danza Studio’s production of “The Nutcracker” in 2022, as well as an invaluable choreographer for various year end performances. This coming November 2023, Ervin will be artistic director for Attitude Danza Studio’s production of “Cinderella”, which will be dedicated to Ervin as a signature of prestige and gratitude for the many years he has been an essential part of the school. It will be held at the national theatre in Nicaragua. He is the co-founder of Attitude’s Taller Coreografico, a youth company that tours all of Central America, in which he is currently choreographer, dancer, and ballet teacher. Ervin has been an ongoing guest performer and teacher for Honduras’ National Ballet School where he danced Cavalier and Nutcracker in “The Nutcracker”, as well as Espada in “Don Quixote”. Beginning September 2023, Ervin will be dancing once again with Virginia National Ballet, but this time with his wife, Elizabeth Ryznar.
Ervin’s performance repertoire includes, but is not limited to, Albrecht in “Giselle”,
Escamillo in “Carmen”, “The Nutcracker”, Peter Pan in “Peter Pan”, Lauren Edson’s
“Sun and Steal”, “Marooned” by Gabrielle Lamb, Sergei Vanaev’s “Nottobe”, “Swan
Lake”, “La Paloma”, “Periscope” and “Carmina Burana”, Brian Enos’s “Os Quindos de Ya Ya”, Austin McCormick’s “The Mask”, “Au Suivant” by Hristiyan Bakalov, “Getto” by Mario Piazza, and “Don Quixote” by Arshak Ghalumyan.
In addition to Ervin’s expansive professional and teaching experience, he has performed numerous times with High Dance Company, a Latino dance company based in Managua, Nicaragua, as well as Mas Danza Festival in El Salvador, and the Central American and Caribbean dance company, Kilometros.
Ervin has also been a main Nicaraguan national TV figure in the educational children’s program, Chispas y Risas on VosTV channel 14, where he shows up as “Doctor Lupara”.