Ellen has a BFA in Dance/Performing Arts from Adelphi University.
Ellen graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance/Performing Arts from Adelphi University. She studied ballet with the late-great, Rebecca Wright (principal dancer and teacher at ABT), and Frank Augustine (former principal dancer of the Canada National Ballet Company).
She received personal coaching from Carmen Delavallade and performed the role of “the chosen one” in Joyce Trisler’s Le Sacre du Printemps, restaged by Regina Larkin. In her NYC days, she danced with GiBa in motion, and was company manager/dancer for Imago Dance Theater. In 2005 she performed a duet by Sean Curran while teaching for Harvard University’s Dance Program.
Ellen co-founded a non-profit dance company before becoming Dance Director at Pomfret School in CT for four years. At that time, she was also Executive Director/Dance Director of the Cornerstone Performing Arts Center in Fitchburg, MA, and was awarded a $21,000 capital grant from the Amelia Peabody Foundation. While in Fitchburg she built relationships with Fitchburg Public Schools and North Central Mass Charter School to coordinate youth dance programs, and received the Community Builder Golden Hammer Award from the United Way of Central Mass.
She created, choreographed and produced over 25 dance/music/theatre productions from 2006 -2010, including the original play Outside the Wire at the Boston Center for the Arts. In 2011 she danced for BoSoma Dance Company at Boston University, and performed David Dorfman’s Prophets of Funk. In 2013, she was a co-presenter of an arts-based research inquiry exploring dance in nature at Lesley University’s Community of Scholars Conference.
Ellen was a faculty member for the performing arts and community dance programs at Berkshire Pulse (MA). She is co-founder/Director of the non-profit Moving Arts Exchange (MAX) with Andrea Blacklow – bringing dance and film to youth, teens and adults through classes, community events and staged performances.
She recently spent time working as a film Production Coordinator and Producer in Los Angeles, CA, and with much love and gratitude for the West Coast, she knows her heart belongs on the East. She is also a freelance video editor, and has worked for the Norman Rockwell Museum, TAFT School, and creates videos for personal and commercial projects. With passion for collaboration and mindfulness practices to serve society.
Ellen is honored to be chosen as Artistic Director for The Awareness Project founded by Pete Cormier. Ellen believes that arts education and artists are essential for revitalization. Mind, body, spirit – in motion!