Trina Mannino studied dance at the University of Michigan under Amy Chavasse, Bill DeYoung, Jessica Fogel, Judy Rice, Peter Sparling, and Robin Wilson. During her time at U of M, she had the pleasure of dancing in a number of works by her peers and faculty, but her favorite U of M experience involved befriending a weeping willow tree and creating a dance in honor of it. She has performed with Anabella Lenzu’s Dance/Drama, Chris Masters, and Laura Peterson Choreography, in addition to presenting her own work in Brooklyn, Detroit and Santa Barbara. Her writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Dance Europe Magazine, Hour Detroit Magazine, and The Dance Enthusiast. Trina still manages to return to Michigan a few times a year to enthusiastically frolic in the gorgeous state lakes and sand dunes.