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Ellen S.
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Learn this classical technique from an internationally-contracted dance artist - jazz hands ready!!
International touring dance artist with 10 years teaching experience plus multiple certifications/awards. Are you interested in jazz or already a trained jazz dancer? Come learn about this classic method or refine your skills here! With 16 years of experience in jazz dance, I will take you through all of our favorite parts: Turns, jumps, leaps, and jazz choreography. Don't forget to bring your jazz hands.
About Ellen S.

Hi! My name is Ellen and I am a professional dance artist with roots in NYC and have recently relocated to Phoenix. 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', and I lived in Israel for two years while teaching this method to other professional dancers from around the world. I am additionally certified in Dance Fitness, am a practiced Hip Hop teacher and performer, and am proficient in many styles of dance. 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 am the Artistic Director/Founder 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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I've had a great time with Ellen! She was able to create and teach me choreographies in multiple styles to a variety of songs that I wanted to dance to. I've had prior dance experience, but I've always struggled with getting into character. Ellen really gave me space and encouragement to improve in that area. She also made sure I was able to work around previous injuries. She always took me through a thorough warm up, checked in with how my body was feeling, and adapted movements if necessary.

Posted Jan 22, 2022
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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
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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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Hip Hop, Contemporary, 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
DEPTH Dance
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
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Hebrew
Professional Proficiency
AFAA
Jan 2022
NASM
Internationally-recognized group fitness certification in Athletics and Fitness Association of America by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. I additionally obtained my CPR / First Aid certification.
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 Certification
Mar 2019
FORWARD Space
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 Instructor Certification
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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Jazz Dancing
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
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Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$70
45 minutes
$80
60 minutes
$90
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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