Eriko OCHIAI 落合惠利子
Former Principal Dancer of Hong Kong Ballet
Winner of the National Ballet Competition in Japan, Eriko was also the IBM Scholarship winner of the Asia Pacific Ballet Competition in 1987. In 1993, she was awarded the first prize at the Festival of Ballet organized by International Ballet of Luxemburg and received the Ministry of Cultural Special Award.
The soulful dance style of Eriko and technical brilliance made her one of the best ballet dancers in Asia. As a principal Dancer of the Hong Kong Ballet, Eriko represented the company to numerous international events and was awarded the Ballet Master’s Award in recognition of her achievements. In 2004, she was honored with the Outstanding Contribution to Dance Award at the Hong Kong Dance Award. She was featured in the Hong Kong Dance Hall of Fame by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
Eriko continues to perform as well as passing on her grace and knowledge to students at performing arts and education institutions. She is the faculty member of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Hong Kong Youth Ballet Academy, as well the Ballet Mistress of Asian Grand Prix International Ballet Competition.
她以深情的舞步及精湛的舞技成為亞洲最優秀的芭蕾舞蹈員之一。 她以首席舞蹈員身份代表香港芭蕾舞團出席不同的國際盛事，並獲得芭蕾舞蹈大師奬。 於二零零四年於香港舞蹈年奬獲頒發最值得表揚舞蹈貢獻奬。 她亦被香港藝術發展局舉辦的香港傑出舞䧟藝術家名錄上留名。
落合恵利子仍繼續於舞台演出，並不斷從事芭蕾舞教學及表演藝術。 她現任亞洲國際芭蕾舞大賽藝術指導、香港演藝學院、及香港青年芭蕾舞專業訓練中心舞蹈教師 。