Erika Pujič was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio where she began her dance training at the School of Cleveland Ballet and the Cleveland School of the Arts. She went on to receive a bachelor of fine arts degree from The Juilliard School where she was the recipient of the Martha Hill Award. Upon graduation, Pujič danced with Gloria Marina’s Spanish Dance Ensemble performing in New Jersey Opera’s Carmen. She was a principal dancer and rehearsal director for Henning Rubsam’s SENSEDANCE for seven years. Pujič was a founding member and rehearsal director for Battleworks Dance Company during its 10-year span (2000-2010). She has been an integral part of the creation of many works for Robert Battle and she has been dancing and staging his works for over 28 years.
Pujič was a visiting guest professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque for the fall 2013 and fall 2014 semesters and she was a visiting guest professor at George Mason University for the spring 2014 semester. She has been a guest artist at Queensborough Community College since 2008 where she has taught classes and staged Robert Battle’s work. Pujič has been a full-time faculty member at Skidmore College since 2015 and she continues to guest teach at colleges and festivals around the country. She has choreographed works for Skidmore College, The Ailey School, Marymount Manhattan College, Long Island University Brooklyn Campus, University of New Mexico, ABT’s Summer Intensive, Summer Arts Institute, Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp and New York State Summer School of the Arts. Pujič is also performing, teaching and creating Repertory Etudes curriculums for Dancing Legacy.