For just over a decade Eric Underwood was the 6-foot-2 muscled, lean, athletic Soloist of The Royal Ballet. Born outside Washington DC, in a Maryland neighbourhood rife with gun crime, he had never even seen a ballet until, aged 14, he accidentally ended up in a dance class and won a scholarship to the prestigious School of American Ballet in New York. He toured with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the American Ballet Theatre, before joining The Royal Ballet in 2006. Now signed by Premier Model Management, Eric has been photographed by everyone from David Bailey to Mario Testino along with focusing on choreography.
1: Do you have any packing tips?
My tip would have to be always bring options, there’s nothing like having a choice.
2: If you were stranded with only one outfit what would it be?
If I were stranded with only one outfit it would be a beautifully tailored three piece suit it’s suitable for any occasion...
3: A destination that surprised you?
I’d have to say it was the Maldives. It was breathtakingly stunning!
4: Favourite hotel?
My favourite hotel is The Mandarin Oriental. I’m very lucky to be able to train at their gym every day.
5: Most romantic destination?
You cannot beat a weekend getaway to Rome – it is the most romantic destination I’ve visited.
6: Is there anywhere that you are still yearning to visit?
I’ve never been to Bali and I’ve heard wonderful things so that’s definitely on my wish list.
7: What’s your essential Otis Batterbee travel kit?
Image of Eric Underwood courtesy of Premier Model Management.
Image of Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park courtesy of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.