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Day in the Life of Dance: Behind the Byline — Trina Mannino on Writing Dance for The Dance Enthusiast

Day in the Life of Dance: Behind the Byline — Trina Mannino on Writing Dance for The Dance Enthusiast

Published on April 8, 2019
Photo by Whitney Browne

Behind the Byline highlights one our most important assets — our contributors. Get to know the person behind your favorite articles.


The Dance Enthusiast: How did you start working for The Dance Enthusiast:?

Trina Mannino: I had participated in Eva Yaa Asantewaa’s writing class at DTW (now New York Live Arts). During the course Christine put out a call for writers, and Eva shared it with our class

TDE: How long have you been working for The Dance Enthusiast:?

Trina Mannino: Almost 8 years!

TDE: What do like about writing for The Dance Enthusiast:?

Trina Mannino: We’re encouraged to get to know the work of a breadth of artists and dance forms. I find it freeing that we can let the work/artist inform how the piece takes shape. Our stories don't have to fit in a neat little box labeled' review’ or ‘feature’. Lastly, the editing process (shout-out to Christine Jowers and Erin Bomboy) is thorough and thoughtfully considered.

TDE: What are your favorite stories?

Trina Mannino: So many — Sammi Lim’s interview with Sally Sommer, Christine’s interview with Lois Greenfield, and our Dance Up Close Series. As someone from the Detroit area, I enjoyed having the opportunity to stretch myself as a writer to do a feature on dance in my hometown.

TDE: What's on the horizon for you?

Trina Mannino: I’m in midst of a cycle of dances that incorporate textiles. A first look to the third installment will premiere during the IDACO Festival


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