Dancing queen

After falling in love with highland dance at the age of 5, Ottawa-based accountant Erin Mansfield now manages her own studio.

Ottawa-based accountant Erin Mansfield fell in love with highland dance early on — she’s been training, performing and competing around the globe since the age of five. Not only was she the provincial representative for Nova Scotia (she’s originally from Halifax) for seven years, in 1999 she qualified as a finalist at the World Highland Dance Championships in Dunoon, Scotland. Mansfield’s studio, Bytown Highland Dancers, offers 14 regularly scheduled lessons to more than 50 dancers; she has two other instructors and a choreographer working with her. Mansfield teaches two nights a week and Saturday mornings; she also takes care of the day-to-day operations, including registrations, managing cash flow, forecasting and the reporting and organization of it all. “Accounting is a solid base to grow from. If you can read and understand a financial statement, it’s a really great foundation to be able to make decisions for any type of business.”