Lake Erie Academy of Dance - Faculty


Eden Mishler Ihrig

Eden Mishler Ihrig started her  classical ballet training in Johnstown, Pennsylvania as a member of the Johnstown Concert Ballet for 11 years. With the Johnstown Concert Ballet she performed soloist roles in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Piquita, Cinderella, Graduation Ball, The Little  Mermaid, and  Tarantella. To further her training, she attended Intensive Summer Programs at Allegheny Ballet  Company and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Upon graduation from high school she attended Mercyhurst  University’s prestigious Dance Department where she earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Dance with a Choreography Concentration. While at Mercyhurst she performed roles in Giselle, Cinderella, Firebird, Les Patineurs,  and many others. Her most recent role was “Snow Queen” in Lake Erie Ballet’s The Nutcracker  in 2017. Eden Mishler Ihrig has aspired to share her knowledge of dance with others since the young age of 13. She has taught at studios and conventions across Pennsylvania including Johnstown Concert Ballet, Lake Erie Ballet, Erie Dance Theater, and Dance  Masters of Pennsylvania Conventions. Eden is now the Choreographer and Director of Dance at Cathedral Preparatory School and Villa Maria Academy in Erie, PA where she teaches ballet, modern, jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop, musical theater and dance conditioning.  She has choreographed and set many original works in her time at Prep and Villa and continues to stage, on average, six original pieces per year for the Prep-Villa Dance Ensemble. She is also the sole choreographer for the Cathedral Preparatory School and  Villa Maria Academy Musical Theater Department under the direction of Father Mike DeMartinis where she has choreographed for Footloose, School of Rock, Peter and the Starcatcher, Aida, Les Miserables  and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Prep-Villa Dance Program offers a wide variety of dance classes including Dance for Non-Dancers, Dance Studies, and Dance Ensemble. Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Dance Conditioning are just a few of the genres and topics covered in the classes. The Prep-Villa Dance Ensemble performs at least six times a year through various community and school performances. Their next performance is Tuesday, December 18th at 7PM at Cathedral Preparatory School.