Eric Ragan, a seasoned professional with over 30 years of dance experience, is an inspirational force in the world of motivational speaking. His journey began under the guidance of dance legends, including Flemming Flindt at Dallas Ballet and Natasha Krassovska of the Ballet Russe. In a pivotal moment, he was handpicked by Frederic Franklin to portray Johnny in Ruth Page Center’s Frankie and Johnny, launching a remarkable career that owes much of its brilliance to Franklin, his cherished mentor.
Eric’s ascent continued as he joined the Tulsa Ballet Theatre in 1988. He swiftly rose to the position of soloist and delivered unforgettable performances, including the roper in Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo. His artistic pursuits next took him to Ballet Austin, then to the Eugene Ballet, where he collaborated with renowned choreographer Tony Pimble, leaving an indelible mark as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet.
Venturing to Switzerland’s Stadttheatre StGallen, Eric enchanted a new international audience before returning to the Eugene Ballet, bringing with him 15 years of honed expertise. New York beckoned, and he embraced it with soloist roles in prestigious companies like Dances Patrelle, Ballet for Young Audiences, and the Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the illustrious Kennedy Center. Eric’s guest performances, most notably with the American Ballet Theatre, where he portrayed the Roper in Rodeo, solidified his status as a dance luminary.
Beyond his remarkable dance career, Eric Ragan is the visionary founder and artistic director of the Long Island City Ballet, a platform where he champions the arts with unwavering passion. As a choreographer and producer, he has demonstrated his exceptional talents, enriching the world of dance. Eric’s commitment to ballet’s artistic evolution is unparalleled.
Furthermore, Eric is a co-founder of Ragan Pilates, alongside his beloved wife Bootsie Ragan, where he pioneered
positively impacting thousands by enhancing their physical and mental well-being. Currently, he is diligently crafting a video biography and authoring a book titled “The Last Grotesque,” showcasing his multifaceted talents and unwavering dedication to the arts. Eric Ragan is not only a motivational speaker but a true inspiration in every facet of his extraordinary journey.