Ellie Kusner is a teacher, researcher, writer, and Bessie Award-winning performer. She was born in Massachusetts and began her performing career as a student of The Boston Ballet School, dancing with the company in numerous large-scale productions. However, she ultimately determined that a life in pointe shoes was not her destiny and studied modern dance at Barnard College before embarking on a freelance performance career. She has worked with numerous choreographers including Mark Morris, Pam Tanowitz, Ellen Cornfield, Nilas Martins, and Patricia Hoffbauer, in venues ranging from warehouse rooftops to The Metropolitan Opera House.
Ellie holds an MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban, London, UK. With expertise in this interdisciplinary field, she explores and implements evidence-based teaching practices to enhance the learning, health, and performance of dancers. Ellie has taught dance, anatomy, and pilates at various institutions including Hofstra University, American Ballet Theater’s JKO School, Boston Ballet, Barnard College, New York Theatre Ballet, Slippery Rock University, Mark Morris Dance School, Gallim, and Trinity Laban. She currently teaches pilates to dancers at The Juilliard School and to all populations in the Wellness Center at the Mark Morris Dance Center.
Ellie leads wellness workshops for dancers and is the co-host of DanceWell Podcast, a resource dedicated to exploring 360 degrees of health and wellness for dancers. She is the founder and director of The Stability Project, a pilates teacher training program exclusively for college dance majors. Additionally, Ellie has written about dance and wellness for Dance Teacher and Pointe Magazines. She chairs the Dance Educators’ Committee of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS). Ellie’s research interests include the integrated moving, artistic mind and body in learning and performance, and she is particularly keen to explore this from the dancer’s perspective.