ERICA ZINTEK PETRO: Ballet and Modern Instructor
Erica comes to us with many years of teaching experience and is trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, modern, acro, and contemporary. She was born and raised in Chicago and began taking dance lessons at the age of 3, was dancing competitively by age 5, was performing in local musical theatre productions by age 14, and was teaching and choreographing by age 18. She received her B.F.A. in acting from Wright State University in Ohio where she trained in several acting methods and styles including: Musical Theatre Performance, Improv, Shakespeare, Stage Combat, Stanislavski, Meisner, and Viewpoints, which she trained directly with Tina Landau of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Erica was also able to continue her love for dance, studying tap under the direction of Joe Deer, jazz under the direction of Thomas G. Hellems, and ballet and pointe under the direction of former Dayton Ballet principal performer, Michelle Slitor Goodman.
Upon graduation, Erica has spent the last 17 years teaching musical theatre, acting, dance, and voice in the Chicagoland area as well as traveling as a guest artist to over 40 states in the U.S., 2 provinces in Canada, and 4 countries in Europe. She has worked with many companies as a teaching artist, choreographer, performing-arts curriculum developer and dance judge, including: Missoula Children’s Theatre, Beverly Arts Center, Dance Masters of the Bluegrass, Precision Arts Challenge, The Stage School, and Play in a Book.
Erica is passionate about using dance and the performing arts as a life skill tool to help dancers with body positivity, self-care, and creative expression. She recently received her R.Y.T. 500- Yoga certification from Breathe For Change adding yoga instructor and mindfulness coach to her resume in an effort to help dancers reach their goals and enjoy performing in a positive environment.