The Ellové Technique® is a non-impact conditioning class taught by certified instructors. It is designed to strengthen and rejuvenate the body using fundamentals of ballet, yoga, fitness, and Pilates. Moving through an intentional playlist of music, the class seamlessly incorporates alignment principles, balance, and full body awareness while focusingon the breath. The Ellové Technique’s use of therapeutic principles improves posture, balance, strength, and flexibility, and students leave class feeling more connected to their bodies.
In 2008 Megan Zintek graduated summa cum laude with her BFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with over 20 years of experience in her field. She has immersed herself in dance pedagogy since the age of 12, continually sharing her artistry and love of movement with children and adults. She opened the doors to Bella Via Dance Studio in 2011, and grown it into a thriving business that trains 400 young dancers in the Milwaukee area. Safe teaching practices are of the utmost importance to Megan, so she is excited to be training in the Ellové technique, bringing this important cross training tool to dancers in Wisconsin. Her hope is to aid in injury prevention for dancers, both pre-professional and professional.
Progressing Ballet Technique® (PBT) is an innovative program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet and other dance forms. The method exercises muscle
memory to improve students understanding of core stability, weight placement and alignment. Each exercise has been developed with care and guidance with a team of physiotherapists.
Kim Johnson, a native “Yooper,” joined Danceworks Performance Company (DPC) in 2000, shortly after graduating from UW-Milwaukee with high honors with a BFA in dance. She has created works for DPC as well as Milwaukee Ballet II. Kim served as DPC’s Associate Artistic Director from 2009-2012 before taking on the role of Artistic Manager of both performance and studio. In 2012, Kim was one of
M Magazine’s “10 Performers that are Changing the Stage.” Kim’s passion for teaching dance to others has been shared at the Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy where she served as faculty, branch manager and Children’s Division Coordinator, a dance lecturer at UW-Milwaukee since 2006, and faculty Danceworks Studio since 2000. Kim is a member of Milwaukee Dance and Theatre Network and Wisconsin Dance Council. Kim is Pilates mat and Progressing Ballet Technique certified.
If possible, please bring a yoga or exercise mat, a fit ball (7″ or 9″) or playground ball, and a physio ball (55 cm for heights 4′ 8″ to 5′ 3″ or 65 cm for heights 5′ 4″ to 5′ 10″)