Ashley Ellis is a principal dancer with the Boston Ballet. Ellis, from Torrance,CA, received her dance training at the South Bay Ballet under the direction of Diane Lauridsen. Other instruction included Alicia Head, Mario Nugara, Charles Maple, and Kimberly Olmos.
Ellis began her professional career by dancing with American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company which led her to join the American Ballet Theatre. In 2007, Ellis joined the newly founded Corella Ballet de Espana as a soloist under the direction of Angel Corella.
After joining the Boston Ballet as a second soloist in 2011, Ashley was promoted to soloist in 2012, and assumed the rank of principal the following year in 2013. Through guest appearances and touring with the mentioned companies Ms. Ellis has had the privilege of dancing in theaters all around the world. In 1999, Ellis won the first prize at the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Award, and went on to become the recipient of the ABT Coca Cola scholarship award in 2000 and 2001.
Ms. Ellis’ principal repertoire includes Sir Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, Les Rendezvous, The Dream; Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker, and Swan Lake; Natalia Makarova’s La Bayadere; John Cranko’s Onegin; Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias; Yuri Possokhov’s The Firebird; Ivan Liska’s Le Corsaire; George Balanchine’s Coppelia, Theme and Variations, Symphony in C, Serenade, Allegro Brilliante, Divertimento No.15, Episodes, Who Cares?, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux; August Bournonville’s Napoli; Leonid Jacobson’s Pas De Quatre; Leonide Massine’s Gaîté Parisienne; Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room; Christopher Wheeldon’s VIII, DGV, Polyphonia; Wayne
McGregor’s Chroma; Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free, The Concert; Jiří Kylián’s Bella Figura, Petite Mort, Wings of Wax, Symphony of Psalms; Liam Scarlett’ s Promenade Sentimental; John Neumeier's 3rd Symphony of Gustav Mahler, William Forsythe’s Artifacts; as well as works by Stanton Whelch, Jorma Elo, Angel Corella, George Birkadze, Hans Van Manen, Clark Tippet, Christopher Bruce, Robert Hill, and numerous others.