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Teaching Philosophy

"My teaching style arrives where technical background and a genuine love for performance meet. Having been inspired and encouraged by many mentors and teachers growing up, I understand deeply the value of a positive influence in a young person’s life.


My greatest joy as a teacher is to watch a student learn to trust themselves and find the individuality of their own process and performance. Ultimately, my goal is to cultivate life-long learners who know the value of hard work and feel encouraged, loved, and confident."



"Ellen's lessons have helped me grow so much as a dancer and performer. I've developed both proper technique and stage confidence all at my own pace. She has helped me achieve way more than I thought I ever could!"

- Ellie W, High school student

"Ellen's choreography for Jerry's Girls: The Music of Jerry Herman really brought the beloved musical theatre songs to life in a way that honored the show.

She collaborated incredibly well with the team and excelled at bringing out the best in our five very different performers of a variety of ages and experiences."

- Dustin LeBlanc, Director

"Ellen's private lessons have been  so helpful to me as a dancer. I have improved so many other skills in my dancing journey because of the amazing ballet training she has given me. She is a great teacher, and these classes have been extremely beneficial."

- Carissa W, High school student

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