Erin Walter

I grew up in Memphis and attended St. Mary's and Briarcrest. I have fond memories of my experience at Moss Hall as a student and was thrilled to have the opportunity to return as the Lower School ballet teacher in 2008. I remember performing the role of Miss Clavel in "Madeline and the Gypsies" in the ballet portion of my third grade Class Day program. I began my ballet training with Judy and Michael Tevlin at Memphis Ballet.  I later trained with Youth Concert Ballet, Jane Shelton, Sandy Baldwin, Tennessee Ballet, Ft. Wayne Ballet, Burklyn Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet. My roles included the lead Arabian, the lead Mirliton and the Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker as well as solos in Les Sylphides, Paquita, The Four Seasons and The Colors of Mozart. 

After high school, I decided to focus on my academic studies. I earned a B.A. in English with a concentration in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 1993. My family and I continue to support the school, both in South Bend with annual trips to see the Irish play football, and with local community service projects conducted by the Notre Dame Club of Memphis. I served as the president of the Notre Dame Club in 1995.

Before returning to dance, I worked as an analyst and a project director for my parents' business, The Right Brain People, a consumer research firm that specializes in uncovering the emotional motivators that drive people to make purchasing decisions. I helped my father edit his first book, The Right Brain Way, and continue to serve as a consultant for the company. I decided to leave the family business to acquire experience in other areas of marketing and in 1996 I began working in the medical device industry, first as an Account Executive at an advertising agency that worked with healthcare clients and then as a Product Manager with Medtronic. I traveled extensively teaching sales reps, surgeons and nurses how to use my spinal implant products. I also worked with engineers and neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons to develop new products that treat degenerative disc disease and traumatic injuries of the spine. I loved the fascinating world of the medical device industry, but I retired after having my daughter Ella, SMS Class of 2021.

I returned to dance in 2004 and began teaching for Children's Ballet Theater, under the direction of Mary and Dmitri Roudnev. I train with Dmitri, a former Bolshoi Theater dancer, and help him direct the Children's Ballet Theater Troupe, a professional level troupe of teens and adults. I also perform with the Project: Motion modern dance collective and Sharona Rubinstein's Performance Art Network. I love to perform and find great joy in helping my students express themselves through movement and give the gift of performance to their families. 



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