Friday, April 6, 2018

About our Owner and Artistic Director

En Pointe School of Ballet is owned and operated by Rachael Ellis.  Originally from Florida, Rachael began her training at the age of 6 at The Marianna School of Classical Ballet.  For  12 years she was instructed and guided by Leanna Gomez, a former Prima Ballerina.  It was through her excellent and nurturing instruction that Rachael developed a great love for classical ballet. 

In addition to ballet, Rachael also enjoyed  many years of performing and choreographing for Musical Theater, Ballroom, Show choirs in High School and College, various  talent shows, & LDS Road-Shows with two winning first place for her choreography.  She also received an Associate of Arts Degree from Chipola Junior College in 1990.  

During her husband's military career and travels she had the opportunity to share her ballet expertise with students in Ansbach, Germany where she operated the Katterbach School of Dance.  She also taught musical theater, ballroom and directed ballet programs in dance studios in Florida, Kentucky and Alabama.  Rachael has spent most of her life dancing, teaching and choreographing ballet, as well as several years of experience dancing and performing "en pointe" herself.   

After a break to raise her family, Rachael realized how much she missed dancing and teaching. With her devoted husband and family's support and encouragement, En Pointe School of Ballet opened in 2010 and is flourishing under her direction and expertise.  

A boys program was introduced to the curriculum in 2012  that has already grown to include multiple boys classes, men's classes, and partnering classes and is continuing to expand.  Her dreams of directing full length ballets for her students to perform have become reality and her students and their families, even the dad's, look forward each year to the beautiful performances.

Rachael is committed to teaching high quality technique in an environment that encourages self worth, dedication, unity and integrity.  She honors and embraces the tradition and elegance of Classical Ballet and invites you to experience it with us at En Pointe School of Ballet.  



SWAN LAKE 2018


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Home-School Ballet Classes




I would like to offer Ballet classes exclusively to Home-School students during the school day if there is enough interest.  Please contact me if this appeals to you or if your home school group or Co-op would like to joining together.  

There are also a few openings on Wednesday and Thursday mornings and afternoons for 3, 4 and 5 year olds. Please check the schedule for class times and feel free to call me with any questions.  (801) 282-6998

There is a public library less than a mile from my home as well as three playgrounds that I can think of within a mile.  Families could also sit in my yard when the weather is nice and do school work.  I have a large backyard with a fountain and a fire-pit surrounded by chairs that you are welcome to use.  
We are currently accepting enrollment for these classes and hope to start them by August or September 2018.  We teach year-round ballet classes, so now is the perfect time to start.  

Please feel free to post this on any Home-School boards to share with others.  Thank you!




Why Choose Ballet Classes?

*Students engaged in movement and dance have higher levels of academic achievement, problem-solving skills, creativity, and physical coordination.

*Ballet introduces students to a foreign language and classical music, both of which increase cognitive learning.

*Ballet training develops core strength and strong muscles from head to toe.

*Ballet challenges the mind and body of children during their most important years of development.

*Ballet students develop improved self image, confidence, self motivation, coordination, flexibility, physical strength and discipline which will carry over into other aspects of the student’s life.


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Our New Pointe students

Our Pre-Pointe level 2 class just became our newest Beginning Pointe class!  

So excited for these beautiful dancers!  


Thursday, September 28, 2017

AND HER LEGACY CONTINUES.....

I couldn't teach yesterday. I couldn't stop crying. Tessa taught my classes yesterday. Today I am feeling joy as I look into their smiling faces and listen to their giggles.  Oh how she would have loved to have taught this class of little ballerinas!  In honor of Ms Leanna I taught them swan arm movements with the help of a video from one of our past performances and my assistant since my shoulder is still injured. I wish I had recorded them focusing so hard to be so lovely and graceful Swans! Today I am peaceful.  I love you forever Ms Leanna!  Until we meet again....



Wednesday, September 27, 2017

IN MEMORIUM.....

Leanna Joyce Gomez   3/5/49 - 9/27/17  It is with deep personal sadness that I share with my ballet families and friends the passing of my own ballet teacher and mentor, Ms Leanna Gomez, after a battle with cancer. My deepest condolences and love to Ms Leanna's children and grandchildren. Her son, Kip Gomez and her daughter, Heather Sanders are family to me. They have always been her pride and joy and I know she will be watching over them.

I will continue to do my best to pass on her legacy and her love of ballet and teaching that she instilled in me. I am eternally grateful for the many years of encouragement and incredible knowledge that she shared with me ever since she came into my life when I was 6 years old. Her loss is immeasurable to me and I am heartbroken. The world has truly lost one of the greatest women I have ever known. I adored her. I know she is in a better place and I know I will see her again... but today I need to grieve. 


My last visit with her was almost a year ago in October. We had a wonderful visit and she was in a delightful mood and we talked for hours. I wish I had known it was our final visit. She influenced my life in so many ways. In the same way that I hear my mom's voice as I parent my children.... I hear Ms Leanna's voice as I teach my dancers. My heart is hurting and my emotions are so close to the surface right now. Every year I have sent her the DVDs of our performances and she has called me after, just bursting with joy and compliments. I will miss that so much! 


I know she will be sitting in the front row to watch our performance of Swan Lake next June. I won't have to wonder.... I know she will be there. I am grateful to know our spirits and our relationships continue beyond this life. I am so thankful that she lived and that I had the blessed opportunity to know her, love her and learn from her. 


These pictures are from when she was young and still performing when she was in the ballet La Boutique Fantastique which is also about a doll like Coppelia.