Former owner-director of Rozann-Zimmerman Ballet Center in Los Angeles, Ellen Davis danced with the Stuttgart Ballet Company and was a Ford Foundation scholarship student at the School of American Ballet in N.Y.C.
Ellen has been an artistic director of ballet academies, and has piloted dance programs internationally. She has taught beginning through professional level ballet for over forty years. A choreographer, she has performed, choreographed and improvised works in the United States and abroad.
Ellen uses the teaching of dance as a way of evoking self-acceptance, beauty, balance, grace, a sense of unity and love for the process of learning. She acknowledges and nurtures the "dancer within" in all of her students regardless of body-type, limited self-belief, or level of training.
She believes that along with proper placement and technique, the awakening of expressive truth, musicality and one's innate creative intelligence are equally important in empowering dancers to use the body as a means of creative self-expression and to extend the grace of dance to all of life. While seing good technique and the spirit of the movement as an integrated and inseparable whole, she evokes and encourages, right from the beginning levels, the expressive and musical qualities at the same time as the technique.
Yoga of Ballet is a traditional classical ballet class taught with a yogic approach that can be translated into one's life. The classes are progressive; in each class more is taught and asked of the dancers. Sometimes improvisational movement is given at the end of class so that dancers can get an experience of their innate creative intelligence, authentic expressive truth and "owning" their movement. Getting an experience of that enables them to translate it into the rest of their work.
The class is one and one-half hours in length and semi-private classes vary in cost according to how many are in the class. Private classes are charged ford on a sliding scale.
Ellen is also available to guest teach or to coach, teach private and semi-private classes by appointment, and to give workshops in improvisational dance.
Ellen also offers spiritual guidance, facilitates private whole-person healing sessions, and satsang.