What Students Say
“Mr. Ellison’s expertise in classical dance and his devotion to the art form creates an incredibly inspirational and educational environment. There is simply no better school in North America!”
-Adrian Blake Mitchell, Mikhailovsky Ballet
“Working with Mr. Ellison, Ms. Forrest, and all of the Ellison Ballet faculty has been an incredibly enriching experience. Studying with such passionate and giving teachers is truly a privilege and I will always cherish my time at Ellison Ballet.”
-Katherine Higgins, Paris Opera Ballet
"I significantly progressed under Mr. Ellison's sincere teaching and passionate coaching. The small class size and focus on each individual is but one of many qualities that distinguish Ellison Ballet from others."
-Emily Kadow - San Francisco Ballet
“Mr. Ellison takes you seriously as a dancer. He has a great passion for teaching—he gives you his complete focus and support. I recommend Ellison Ballet to everyone who wants to get the absolute most from their energy and time.”
-Larisa Nugent, School of American Ballet
“Attending Ellison Ballet was a wonderful experience! I appreciate all the individual attention and detailed corrections. Mr. Ellison is a very inspiring teacher who motivates and encourages students to push limits. I felt challenged to work hard and obtained an incredible sense of accomplishment. Thank you, Mr. Ellison, for giving me a deeper understanding of the art of ballet.”
- Gisele Bethea, ABT Studio Company
“Mr. Ellison is one of the best partnering teachers I’ve ever worked with! Not only does he focus on proper technique, but also artistry, and connecting with your partner. It was a great experience, and I am hoping to attend again next summer.”
-Aran Bell, ABT Studio Company
"While attending the EBSI, I began to understand what it really takes to be a dancer. I worked better and improved faster than ever before. An overall amazing experience, and I recommend the program to any aspiring ballet dancer."
- Zachary Rogers, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School
"Many wonderful things to say about this program! Great emphasis is placed on proper technique and the use of artistry. This high caliber school is perfect for dancers who are very serious and wish to improve all aspects of their dancing."
- Megan Amanda Ehrlich, San Francisco Ballet
“The most important thing I’ve learned from Mr. Ellison in his Pas de Deux intensive is that our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Be ready to be challenged beyond your limits, but at the end of each day you walk away knowing that you’ve become a stronger dancer, artist, and human being.”
-Rachelle di Stasio,, American Ballet Theatre
"Mr. Ellison's strict eye creates a challenging yet rewarding environment. His classes are infused with emphasis on clean technique, proper placement, and work ethis, which pushed me to set my limits far beyond what I could have imagined. I am always pleased to see the great talent that has come from this school."
-Joy Womack, Bolshoi Ballet, Russia
“Mr. Ellison has shown me the amount of focus, dedication, and attention to detail it takes to make it in the professional world. I am forever grateful for all the knowledge he and Miss Forrest have generously shared with me throughout my education at EB.”
-Ariel Breitman,, Colorado Ballet
“I have attended the EBSI for two years. Mr. Ellison and Miss Forrest have influenced me to work hard every day and I was highly motivated to work even harder for the coming year. Both place great focus on details and I feel my technique greatly improved! They are amazing teachers and I look forward to returning.”
-Robbie Downey, EB-PTP 2015-16
“I loved the one-on-one attention I received at this challenging summer intensive and learned more about classical ballet than I ever thought possible. Be ready to work hard, because that is exactly what you are going to do!”
-Gabrielle Stilo, Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, ADC/IBC 2014 Junior Grand Prix Winner
"People ask me what SI's and schools I recommend, and I always say Ellison Ballet. I attended EBSI twice and always make it a priority to work with Mr. Ellison whenever I am in NYC. It's exactly what a program should be. This training is excellent!"
- Alys Shee, Birmingham Royal Ballet, U.K.
"Ellison Ballet is such a wonderful school and the summer intensive is incredible - the perfect combination of what a dancer needs to improve. Mr. Ellison is one of the best teachers I have ever known, who inspires dancers to work harder than ever before. He is one whom I credit for helping me make it to the professional level. Thank you Mr. Ellison for everything!"
- Sara Michelle Murawski, Dresden Semper Oper, Germany