ERIK J SANBORN - Founder/Artistic Director
Erik Sanborn, Founder/Artistic Director of METROPOLITAN BALLET, has been teaching in the fine arts of music and ballet for nearly 30 years. He trained in ballet with Nancy Bielsky, David Howard, Wihelm Burmann, Farbrice Hauralt, Bonnie Mathis, Lirena Branitsky and Tatian Berenova. His careers have taken him to 26 countries and his directorship has included choreographing several works including The Nutcracker, Paloma, Swan Lake, Amadeus the Ballet, Dracula and Sleeping Beauty. Erik has performed several principal roles including the Nutcracker Prince and Sugar Plum Cavalier, Arabian Prince, Snow Cavalier, Blue Bird Pas de Deux, Head Rancher in Rodeo, Prince Florimund in Sleeping Beauty, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Fall Pas de Deux in Cinderella and the male lead in CAAM’s Butterfly Lovers by world renown Chinese Choreographer, Shen Pei. Erik brings his enthusiasm and gift for teaching, choreography and artistic direction to the academy. He dedicates his career and life to the fine arts in honor of his late daughter Anna.
HARUNA ASANUMA - Instructor
Haruna has been trained in classical ballet and in a broad range of contemporary dance styles. At the American Dance Festival she trained under Jimen Paz and Mark Haim in contemporary dance as well as African Dance Theater under Sherone Price. Haruna also studied in London with the Laban Conservatory of Contemporary Dance. She has been professionally trained in Release, Limon, and Cunningham techniques, as well as classical ballet and contemporary jazz. She has also studied and toured with the Scottish School of Dance and received a BA (Hons) Dance Completion Award.