Michaela Ellingson

Michaela Ellingson is a Jackson Hole native and teaches Pilates, Barre Fusion and dance for the School at DW. Michaela was first introduced to Pilates as a student herself at DW. She received her Pilates Certification with Simona Cipriani through the Art and Science of Contrology Pilates Training Program in Purchase, New York. She taught at Exhale Pilates and New York Pilates Studio in London. She is thrilled to teach Pilates equipment and mat classes at Dancers' Workshop.


Michaela Ellingson instructs the following:
  • JRC Choreography
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    JRC Choreography offers members individual experience and exploration in varied choreographic processes. During Semester 1, structured improvisations will be used as the framework for exploring class material. Students are given improvisation and short movement studies for small group work and/or solos. During Semester 2, the class will work to support the choreographer's work in preparation for the spring performance New Dances/New Choreographers.
     
    JRC Choreography/Improv is intended to prepare 9th -12th grade students for ND/NC, and it is mandatory for 10th-12th graders who wish to choreograph for ND/NC.
     

  • Modern Level 4
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    2x per week: Monday & Wednesday
     
    Modern dance explores movement, space, rhythm, and the dancers’ own creativity with emphasis on deliberate use of gravity, using the floor to explore movement, and exploring nature, music, art, and human emotions as impetus for movement. Proper alignment and use of breath are emphasized and progresses into investigating quality of structural form, oppositional energy, moving through space, directional changes, fall and recovery, speed, and performance quality. Meets twice per week.
     
    *Please note that ballet and modern dance are at the core of Dancers’ Workshop’s curriculum. It is highly recommended that students study Ballet and Modern at the same level simultaneously.
     
    Modern 1 begins at 9 years old and students will advance to higher levels as they master the curriculum as evaluated by their instructor and the School Director. Students who were in a level higher than basics last school year will take a placement class at the beginning of this school year to determine their starting level for the semester. Students will be placed in the level that maximizes their learning potential and can be advanced at any time.

  • Modern Level 6
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    2x per week: Monday & Wednesday
     
    Modern dance explores movement, space, rhythm, and the dancers’ own creativity with emphasis on deliberate use of gravity, using the floor to explore movement, and exploring nature, music, art, and human emotions as impetus for movement. Proper alignment and use of breath are emphasized and progresses into investigating quality of structural form, oppositional energy, moving through space, directional changes, fall and recovery, speed, and performance quality. Meets twice per week.
     
    *Please note that ballet and modern dance are at the core of Dancers’ Workshop’s curriculum. It is highly recommended that students study Ballet and Modern at the same level simultaneously.
     
    Modern 1 begins at 9 years old and students will advance to higher levels as they master the curriculum as evaluated by their instructor and the School Director. Students who were in a level higher than basics last school year will take a placement class at the beginning of this school year to determine their starting level for the semester. Students will be placed in the level that maximizes their learning potential and can be advanced at any time.

  • Barre Fusion
  • Barre Fusion classes draw from the diverse disciplines of Pilates, barre, yoga and classic strength training. Barre Fusion classes are designed to effectively strengthen, tone and balance the entire body. The classes offer fat burning workouts that integrate the use of the ballet barre, light weights and various props.
     
    Image: John Slaughter Imagery

  • Modern Level 2
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    2x per week: Tuesday & Thursday
     
    Modern dance explores movement, space, rhythm, and the dancers’ own creativity with emphasis on deliberate use of gravity, using the floor to explore movement, and exploring nature, music, art, and human emotions as impetus for movement. Proper alignment and use of breath are emphasized and progresses into investigating quality of structural form, oppositional energy, moving through space, directional changes, fall and recovery, speed, and performance quality. Meets twice per week.
     
    *Please note that ballet and modern dance are at the core of Dancers’ Workshop’s curriculum. It is highly recommended that students study Ballet and Modern at the same level simultaneously.
     
    Modern 1 begins at 9 years old and students will advance to higher levels as they master the curriculum as evaluated by their instructor and the School Director. Students who were in a level higher than basics last school year will take a placement class at the beginning of this school year to determine their starting level for the semester. Students will be placed in the level that maximizes their learning potential and can be advanced at any time.

  • Pilates Mat
  • This open level Pilates class strengthens core muscles, improving muscle control, flexibility, coordination, strength and tone, as well as alignment and breathing.
     
    Wear something that allows you to move freely and feels comfortable to you. It might be helpful to wear something slightly form-fitting, so the instructor can see your form enough to make helpful corrections.