In honor of Black History Month, we shone a light on the work of those who paved the way for Black dancers in Ballet. Now, we’d like to introduce you to the Black artists who are currently making history at Charlotte Ballet. Read our interview with Eric Stith.

Favorite Quote: “Dancers are instruments like a piano the choreographer plays” -George Balanchine

Who inspired you to become a dancer? Balanchine, his dancers (especially Arthur Mitchell), his choreography and their spirit and energy inspired me to dance. They encouraged me to be the best I can be, work for something, and they inspire me to dance every day.

Favorite performance at Charlotte Ballet: Donizetti Variations staged by Patricia McBride

Get-Up-and-Go song: “Fly to my Room” by BTS

Favorite comfort food right now: Cookies

Cutest outfit you haven’t been able to wear because of COVID-19 restrictions: I haven’t been able to wear my Dr. Marten boots as much because of the restrictions.