Artistic Director- Wendy Ellis
Wendy received her Bachelors of Arts in Dance from University of California, Irvine and M.F.A in Dance/Theatre from University or Arizona School of Dance where she studied with renown dance masters and instructors in ballet, modern, jazz and theatre. Wendy has danced nationally with Regional Dance Companies, TV Networks, Industrials, Civic Light Operas, Theaters and more. Recently, Wendy completed a full production, Envision: An Evening of Arts funded and awarded to her by The Artist Foundation of San Antonio and Department of Creative Cultural Choreography. The production including three of her dance works and also collaborative works by local community musicians and artists. In addition, Ellis’ commissioned choreography credits include: Seven Passages at 2013 Luminaria, Press Conference, Productions at The Playhouse, Allegro Stage Theatre, Northwest Vista College Palmetto Center of the Arts, Classic Theatre, Stevie Eller Theatre and Herberger Theatre. Wendy was a University of Arizona Foundation Award Recipient for,Quote of the Day, based on Ralph Romero’s young life and has received a People Choice Award from the Alamo Theater Arts Council for “Cabaret.”
Before relocating, Wendy was Dance Faculty at Northwest Vista College, Assistant Director of NVC Dance Ensemble, Facilitator for Dancer Wellness Project, Dance Steering Committee Member for Luminaria, Dance Faculty and Commercial Dance Committee Member at Irvine Valley College in Orange County, California, She has presented her scholarly research at National Dance Education Organization, “The Application of Pilates in the Dance Technique Class.” Since 2002, Wendy has been a Certified and Licensed Pilates Instructor from LBDC and Licensed Fletcher Pilates Instructor working with renown instructors. She continues her teachings and education, but hopes to create a new conditioning method for dancers and athletes.
Her new company, Align Dance Theatre, recently performed an excerpt of Insomnia Waves at the Houston Festival 2014. In addition Wendy shares her passion for dance, choreography, and Pilates in the community as a owner of STUDIO KINETICS. She continues to work on future Align Dance Theatre projects that inspire young and old generations, provide a creative, multi-genre experience and opportunity for pre to professional dancers and artists and expand her business Studio Kinetics.