Erin Mankevich

Erin Mankevich, a Pittsburgh native, began dancing at the age of 9 at a local dance studio. Starting with a ballet base, she soon decided to expand her training by taking jazz, tap, lyrical, pointe, and modern classes. As a young dancer some of her accomplishments range from local performances and annual recitals, to a successful time as a competitive dancer. She was competitive in group, duet, and solo categories. During this time, Erin was a student assistant at the dance studio. She also co-founded the Burchfield after school dance program with her sister at the age of 17. This is when she began to turn her dream of teaching into a reality. Shortly after, Erin took her dance training to the next level by attending the La Roche College dance program. Shows at this time included a debut performance for the newly founded program at Point State Park, and a local production of “Jesus Christ Superstar”. After high school graduation, she auditioned for Point Park College’s dance program. Along with her acceptance as a jazz major, she was awarded the highest apprenticeship in the dance program. Erin was able to build on her audition and performance development at this time while she continued to grow as a dancer. Performances included opportunities to dance in multiple Student Choreography Showcase (SCS) dances, as well as “The Night Before Christmas”.

As a dancer, Erin received training from teachers such as Kenneth Nickle, Marion and Nicholas Petrov, Douglass Bentz and so many more. With this training she has taught at various dance schools throughout the Pittsburgh area. However, she is most proud to call PineTree Performing Arts Center her dance home since 1997. Here, she hopes to inspire and encourage her students by sharing her love and passion for dance.

“If you dance with your heart, your body will follow” – Mia Michaels

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