Eryn Orsburn, originally from the small town of Carpinteria, California, is a well-rounded, technical dancer and performer. She began training at the age of four in various styles, and continued this training to eventually receive her BFA in Dance Theatre. She plans to perform all over the world doing anything from company work to touring with an artist. She is passionate about her craft and is excited for what’s to come.
I am (use a max. of 3 words to describe yourself)… a dancer, a creator, and a thinker.
Dance is... my emotional outlet that lets me be the most raw form of myself.
My last gig taught me... how to be genuinley vulnerable on stage.
Proudest performance moment... When I was featured in an AMDA production and got a chance to showcase myself to the school.
Most embarrassing audition... was a while back for a competition scholarship. I completely blanked and froze up in the middle of the combo. It affected me more that it should have at the time.
Most challenging gig... was a show I was in called "ICONIC". I did a piece adapted from "Moulin Rouge" with very difficult partnering and my partner was not experienced in lifting. It was a long process to get it up to performance quality, but we made it happen!
Favorite dance style... Contemporary Ballet
Pre-performance ritual... a bad-ass self talk and some good, really deep breaths to calm my anxious energy.
Stay in shape by... by going to the gym 3-4 times a week to build strength and endurance.
The moment I knew I wanted to be a dancer... When I competed a solo at a competition and cried on stage while dancing. It made me realize how much dance impacts me emotionally and how powerful it can be. That's when I knew my love for it was real and I couldn't live without it.
Song that moves me... There are millions of songs that make me want to move, but one that moves me a lot is Desperado by the Eagles.
Favorite music video... "Elastic Heart" by Sia. She really brings dance into a new light for people to see and connects it to her music which I think is really amazing.
Broadway show... Cats, probably because I was definitely a cat in a past life, so I feel that I can channel that. I will be Victoria one day.
Person who shaped my perspective on dance... Genevieve Carson. She taught me how to explore different worlds when I dance, open my eyes and really "see" something new. It brought a more raw, human, experiential approach to my dancing and artistry that I'm extremely grateful for.
Dying to work with... Genvieve Carson's LA Contemporary Dance Company. I would also love to be on stage with Justin Bieber or J-Lo.
Currently reading... I'm currently finishing a series of short stories written by Stephen King. I'm really into scary stuff.
Special skill I wouldn't put on my resume... I probably wouldn't put painting on my resume but I'd say it's a "special skill".
If I weren't a dancer, I'd be... a chef.
Disney character that best represents me... probably Pocahontas.
Dancer crush... Delaney Glazer. Look her up.
If I were a color, I'd be... forrest green.
Hotel alias... Eleanor Rosewood; something sophisticated.
LA spot that inspires or relaxes me... It's nice to drive up into the mountains and see the city from far away. Always gives me perspective.
The best advice I ever got... to stop comparing myself to others.
You can find me... on Instagram @_erynashley_