Ellen is a graduate of Jill Rauscher School of Dance from 1995. Upon graduation she moved to Dallas to study dance and communications at Southern Methodist University. While in Dallas, she signed with her first talent and modeling agency and began her career in the entertainment industry. Ellen spent 10 years as a model walking the runway and shooting advertisements for clients like Macy's, Diane Von Furstenburg, Dillard's, Levi's, Kenneth Cole and many more. She has appeared on shows like "The View" and now is a regular guest on local tv shows and fashion segments. She feels blessed for every opportunity that God presented her as she was able to travel the country and Europe throughout her 20's. Upon meeting her husband, Matt, in 2004, Ellen returned to Houston where she signed with another agency and continues her modeling and acting career. She has appeared in over 20 commercials in the past 6 years. Through all of her experiences, Ellen has enjoyed teaching dance for 8 years in Dallas for Densil Adams (Preston Center Dance). This will be Ellen’s 11th year teaching at JRSOD. She is thrilled to be sharing her love of Dance with all of her students and her daughter Sarah Grace. Her son named Hank can frequently be seen running around the studio with his best friend Vance Sawyer. Ellen is so thrilled to be back in her home town and in her home studio and she thanks God everyday for the wonderful opportunities she has in both her acting/modeling career and in the amazing opportunity to share her love for dance with her students.