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ince making New York City his home in 1997, EDWARD ELLISON has become a much sought after ballet master, teacher, coach and choreographer. His work as ballet master includes such companies as Boston Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet and Alberta Ballet. Among the companies he has taught for are American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Houston Ballet, Tulsa Ballet and Colorado Ballet. Mr. Ellison has also taught for many schools, including Steps on Broadway, Joffrey Ballet School, International Ballet Academy, and Ballet de Merida, as well as for the dance departments of University of Iowa, SUNY Purchase College, and Marymount Manhattan College.

He has studied under many wonderful teachers but especially credits Larisa Sklyanskaya, Marius Zirra and Irina Jacobson with passing down to him a great depth of artisitic knowledge. Upon graduating from San Francisco Ballet School, Mr. Ellison went on to become Soloist with San Francisco Ballet, and eventually spending a number of years as a freelance guest artist across the U.S. and abroad. He has performed a wide range of principle and soloist roles in everything from the great classical repertoire of the 19th century to the masterworks of many 20th century neo-classical and contemporary choreographers. Mr. Ellison’s unique versatility allowed him to excel in every style.

Towards the conclusion of his extensive performing career, and with a deep interest in teaching, he studied pedagogy with Ms. Sklyanskaya, as well as studying in teacher’s courses at the esteemed Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada. Soon afterwards, Mr. Ellison accepted an invitation to be on the faculty of the San Francisco ballet School and on occasion worked as ballet master for San Francisco Ballet. Through his detailed technical and artistic influence, he has led his students to win medals and awards in international ballet competitions, and to join major companies worldwide.

Mr. Ellison has choreographed and staged works for both stage and screen. Among his original choreographic compositions are “Chopin Dances”, “Carmen (excerpts)”, “Offenbach Adagio.” “Tchaikovsky Polonaise”, Reverie”, “Edward and Alexandra”, “Cool Whip” and “Break It”. He has also staged and coached such ballets as “Nutcracker”, “Giselle”, “Sleeping Beauty”, and “Conderella”, as well as excerpts from “La Bayadère”, “Raymonda”, “Don Quixote”, “Chopiniana”, and “Le Corsaire”.

His work has taken him all over the world, from the U.S. to Canada, Mexico, France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Norway, Japan, China and Malaysia. He has also written several articles and reviews on dance. As ballet editor of the Dance Insider, Mr. Ellison has written critiques on such companies as the Kirov Ballet, New York City and for the annual Dance on Camera film festival at Lincoln Center.

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