Erika Pujic was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where she began her dance training at the School of Cleveland Ballet. 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, Erika 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. She was a founding member and rehearsal director for Battleworks Dance Company. Erika has been dancing and setting Robert Battle’s works for the past 20 years. She is currently on faculty at The Ailey School, an adjunct professor at Queensborough College, a guest teacher at Skidmore College, and works with American Dance Legacy Initiative. Erika hopes to continue teaching young artists, passing down the wealth of knowledge she has been lucky to acquire, for many generations to come!