Ellen Sickenberger
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Ellen Sickenberger

Ellen S.

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International touring dance artist with 10 years teaching experience. Hip Hop is one of my specialties and has been a part of my life for the past 15 years! Catered to your level, this class will touch on the basics of many different styles of hip hop - common-style, krump, house, old school, commercial, locking, and contemporary hip hop. Follow along with some basic groove steps for whichever style you would like to focus on (or some groove steps for all of the styles), and learn some movement phrases created by me to practice or refine your skills.

About Ellen S.

Hi! My name is Ellen and I am a professional dance artist based in NYC and currently living in Israel. Since gaining my BFA in Dance Performance from East Carolina University in 2013, I have toured with companies around the world (U.S., Germany, Israel) to perform and teach as a professional contemporary dance artist. I have been dancing for 27 years and I have been teaching for 10 years. I have taught a very wide range of ages, levels and styles: young students (4-18), university-level students, young adults, middle-aged adults, and seniors. I am a certified instructor of Nadine Bommer's renowned free-movement method of 'Kinetica'. I am additionally certified in Dance Fitness, am a practiced Hip Hop teacher and performer, and am proficient in many styles of dance. Here in Israel, I teach other professional dance artists and I perform with the primary company. I am a sought-out teacher and choreographer and I have taught contemporary Guest Artist/Master Classes in Northern VA, Richmond VA, Washington DC, Greenville NC, Austin TX, New York City (including classes at major studios Gibney, Mark Morris and Peridance) and in Israel. I have been acknowledged and awarded for my choreography and I am the Artistic Director of DEPTH Dance.

My minor (and general interest) in psychology allows me to relate to humans while I help them relate to their bodies and their minds. I am proficient in meditation and movement therapy, and I find great joy in connecting people of any age or level to the limitless world of movement. Join me!!


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20 Reviews
Wendy M.
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ellen was so patient with me and my health issues and is so willing to continue to help me achieve my once in a life time goal. she is fabulous

Posted Aug 19, 2021
Niraj V.
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Ellen is a phenomenal teacher. Her understanding and approach to eliminate the common blockers people feel when trying to dance or learning to dance, is outstanding. Highly recommended

Posted Aug 17, 2021
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Ellen has taught Jazz for my 11-year-old daughter, who says, "She pushed me hard and I've become a better dancer."

Posted Jun 15, 2021
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Ellen was wonderful to work with! She really made the attendees for our virtual conference comfortable enough to be on camera. Our attendees had a blast and the class was a wonderful way to unwind and have fun after a long day of zoom meetings. I would highly recommend working with Ellen.

Posted Apr 28, 2021
Weare Z.
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When I purchased a series of lessons for my partner and me, I really didn't know what to expect, beyond the forced focus on steps and postures drilled into me as a boy in cotillion. What we experienced was an accomplished professional, who helped us understand what dancing and moving together really means. Ellen is a giving, forgiving, funny, and intuitive teacher. We opened each lesson with exercises to simply bring ourselves into our bodies. Ellen taught us about beat and provided us choreography to practice, but more she helped us to realize that dancing together and responding to each other's movements and energy allows us to enjoy and even look good on the dance floor. Ellen gave us an awareness as much as a structure. We looked forward to every lesson and will return to her as we evolve. She is a master of what she does and knows and is generous and joyous in sharing.

Posted Apr 26, 2021
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My son loves talking class with Ms. Ellen. She is so energetic and good with kids.

Posted Apr 21, 2021
Mei Dong
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Ellen is so AMAZING! Love her so much!!

Posted Mar 5, 2021
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Weekly Classes with Ellen was an ABSOLUTE PLEASURE!! I feel the time flew by through every single class, each one so unique, freeing, positive and fun!!! I ALWAYS LOOKED FORWARD TO EVERY CLASS!! I appreciate and love everything about her energy; so compassionate, non judgemental, kindhearted, insightful, and GENUINE! Her movement, dance style is truly beautiful and awe inspiring, very spirited and special! I get inspired to never stop dancing, just watching her dance!
So filled with utmost gratitude for her and I feel very lucky to have learned from her, even just through online classes, she has helped me let go, surrender in the most compassionate way to all the different ways my body felt like moving, while feeling the inner flow and freedom! Through each move. I improved tremendously in body and energy AWARENESS and CONNECTION! She taught me some of her super creative choreographies and all along giving me space to add free movement, I received both helpful and positive feedback, she really caters the classes to what YOU need and want!! I feel excited that I gained the ability to see and find, to really feel meaning, purpose, a story in any and every move! I will forever cherish these classes we had together!

Posted Feb 9, 2021
Weare Z.
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Ellen is encouraging and took us from where we started. We’re excited by what we will be learning.

Posted Jan 1, 2021
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Ellen is fantastic! Super supportive while also helping you grow as a dancer. Definitely recommend working with her!

Posted Dec 22, 2020
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Went at my pace!

Posted Dec 9, 2020
Chloe K.
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Helen is a professional!!
She’s an amazing dancer, very patient

Posted Dec 6, 2020
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Ellen is a fantastic teacher and person. Her classes were very important for my mental and physical health, and were more than worth it in many ways. I knew nothing about the technique, but Ellen taught with patience, grace, knowledge, and passion. Definitely will take classes with her in the future. Cannot recommend her enough!

Posted Oct 31, 2020
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I have been lucky enough to work with Ellen both as a student of hers and as a collaborator. She's never been anything less than incredible. As a teacher she's kind, patient and doesn't judge you in the slightest. Her class is paced well and is great for all levels of ability. As an Artist and collaborator she's incredibly well spoken and clear-headed about her work, and it's clear that she is incredibly passionate about dance.

Posted Oct 26, 2020
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Ellen is an excellent teacher and her classes are always an incredible experience. I highly recommend her instruction - her classes are consistently moving and freeing.

Posted Oct 26, 2020
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I’ve taken several online classes with Ellen and each one has been great! Ellen makes you feel as though you are right there with her in spite of the online setting. Her constant guidance and vivid descriptions of what she (and I) were trying to achieve, opened the door to a whole new way of looking at dance for me. Ellen’s calm and approachable demeanor were what made me feel comfortable as I explored brand new concepts in Ellen‘s classes. Five big stars!

Posted Oct 25, 2020
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Ellen is the best dance instructor I’ve ever had. She has a way of getting the absolute most out of you in both skill and creativity with body movement. She is super energetic and is able to commect with everyone she teaches. I am super stoked to take more of her classes!

Posted Oct 25, 2020
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If you’re looking for a new dance challenge online look no further; Ellen is a phenomenal teacher and choreographer who I’ve had the pleasure working with both in person and online. She is very attentive and every class has a very personal experience as if she is there in the room with you. Ellen has a broad range of different dance styles that she likes to fuse in her classes. She also teaches multiple skills way further beyond just a movement dance class such as mental preparation, critical thinking and expanding your own horizon of what you think you can do. Get ready to grow some unique skills and dance moves for your dance career or for your own personal dance pleasure.

Posted Oct 25, 2020
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I have attended several of Ellen‘s online kinetica classes. So much fun!
Ellen made me feel comfortable with the most ridiculous moves, leaving me feeling free-spirited and relaxed, while also connected with natural movements of the world around me.
I highly recommend!

Posted Oct 25, 2020
Irene K.
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Posted Nov 22, 2020

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Hip Hop, Contemporary, Ballet and Free-Movement Teacher
Jan 2020 - Present

Nadine Bommer Dance Company

 Hip hop (common-style, krump, house, dancehall) taught to ages 4-35 via Zoom and in person, private lessons and groups  Contemporary (improvisation, floor-work, partnering, body alignment, choreography) taught to ages 9-35 via Zoom and in person, private lessons and groups  Kinetica - Free Movement (the free-movement method created by Nadine Bommer, emphasizing energy) taught to ages 9-65 via Zoom and in person, group classes only

Artistic Director
Apr 2017 - Present


I am the founder of DEPTH Dance, an NYC contemporary dance company that emphasizes humanism, empowers females, and explores depth psychology. Via my company, I have taught many open classes, master classes, and workshops. For more info and to see accomplishments, visit www.ellensickenberger.com/depthdance

Contemporary Guest Artist / Master Class Teacher
Jan 2016 - Present

Gibney Dance, Mark Morris Dance, Peridance, Various Universities

 Have been invited to teach many intermediate and advanced-level contemporary dance classes for professionals and University-level students  Have been invited to teach multiple Guest Artist / Master Classes at various universities and studios along the East Coast and parts of Middle America  Classes consist of highly imaginative improvisation, energy work, movement exploration, partnering/contact work and phrase work  Classes designed to reach outside dancers’ comfort zone as well as connect them to their bodies and to their surroundings, in addition to awakening inner dialogue

Kinetica Teacher for the NBDC Professional Training Program
Jan 2020 - Apr 2020

Nadine Bommer Dance Company

 Taught the free-movement method of Kinetica to professional dance artists in a 3-month program on behalf of the Nadine Bommer Dance Company in Israel (one of two teachers for this program)  Professional-level dancers from various countries around the world, ages 18-32  Students develop a deep connection with energy, their bodies and each other while learning the art of absolute presence through movement  Continued teaching ONLINE (Zoom) Kinetica classes, open to the public of all levels and ages

Hip Hop Teacher
Oct 2014 - Oct 2015

South Shore School of Dance

I taught hip hop to competition-level dancers (ages 14-18) at this prestigious studio in Long Island!


BFA Dance Performance; Minor Psychology
Aug 2009 - May 2013

East Carolina University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Kinetica Teacher Certification
Nov 2019

Nadine Bommer Dance Company

Kinetica is a therapeutic, free-movement method created by Nadine Bommer of Nadine Bommer Dance Company. This method relates to nature, energy and life, and is for any human (dancer or not).
Dance Fitness Instructor
Mar 2019


Graduated from the FORWARD Space Instructor Training Program in 2019 - High cardio, high energy classes with authentic hip hop intertwined into lessons that take place in a club-like setting with low lights and loud music.
Ultra Barre Certified
May 2012

Ultra Barre - Teal Darkenwald

I gained my certification for this fitness technique designed for dancers. Ultra Barre is a fusion of ballet barre, dance conditioning and pilates-based movements.


"Audience Favorite" Award
Apr 2018

Austin Dance on Film Festival

"Favorite Choreography" Award
May 2013

ECU Dance Program

Washington Post Music and Dance Scholarship Award
Feb 2011

Washington Post

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