Join us. December 17, 2017

ME Dance to host

Give ME Cheer charity ball

 Give ME Cheer charity ball on Dec. 17 to benefit local non-profit dance groups, events and scholarships, and to promote the arts in Central Florida. Give ME Cheer will be an evening dedicated to dance, including performances by Dance Theatre of Orlando, Vincent Sanrocco Dance Company and guest artists. The event will include beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres, as well as a silent auction and opportunities to win free dance classes, show tickets and more. Tickets are $10 and are available at giveMEcheer.com. 

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What's Next?

DANCER AUDITIONS 

Seeking professional and pre-pro dancers for 2018-2019 Season.

Ages 15+. Paid positions for 18+ Dancers

Please bring resume and headshot.
Sign in begins at 7:00pm.

Location:
ME Theatre
1300 La Quinta Drive
Orlando, FL 32809


Jan 6th @ 7:30pm
at ME Theatre

Learn about ME

Marshall Ellis

Marshall Ellis is a driving force in the burgeoning Central Florida arts community, creating an environment where professional dancers and students alike can cultivate their talent and artistry, and where innovative approaches to dance inspire growth in the arts and entertainment. 

The founder and owner of Marshall Ellis Dance School and artistic director of Dance Theatre of Orlando, Ellis has trained, traveled and danced around the world, performing solo and principal roles throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. He is a former principal dancer for Orlando Ballet, dancing under the direction of the renowned Fernando Bujones and serving as Company Representative. After his years at Orlando Ballet, Ellis became the principal dancer for Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba, where he performed the company’s premier ballet role. He also became an Equity dancer and principal dance captain at Walt Disney World, performing in “Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage” and “Festival of the Lion King.”

Ellis’s credits include performing with NSYNC in the NFL Pro Bowl Halftime Show and dancing with Neil Patrick Harris in the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. 

A native of Alabama, Ellis began dancing at age 6, winning regional and national titles in competitions. At 15, he enrolled in the Alabama School of Fine Arts and begin studying ballet under the direction of Therese Laeger. Upon graduation, he received the Prix D'Excellence de Danse, ASFA’s premier award. 

From there Ellis joined Ballet Austin, and subsequently was invited to dance under full scholarship at Images of Dance, London Studio Centre’s classical ballet company. During his time in London, he received the coveted Dave Rymer Trust Prize.

Throughout his career, Ellis has worked as a teacher and choreographer at organizations including Alabama School of Fine Arts, Orlando Ballet School, STEPS Program for at-risk children, Walt Disney World Resort and Dance Masters of America. His choreographed works for students and companies have been performed and awarded in Youth American Grand Prix, and his professional work has been performed by ASFA, Arova Dance Company, Cirque du Soleil, Orlando Ballet and ME Dance, Dance Theatre of Orlando. He has served as a guest teacher at organizations throughout the United States and currently works as a guest choreographer at Rollins College. 

When Ellis formed his professional company in 2011, his vision was to introduce innovative ideas that would enrich the arts community and provide an outlet to feature artistic talent. To that end, he has mounted numerous original productions, and he became the founder and producer of the popular I Dance Orlando Festival and Orlando Tap Festival, both annual events offering instruction and performance opportunities for dancers. Ellis is also Artistic Director for the ME2 pre-professional dance company and Creative Director of the ME1st junior dance company. He owns and operates ME Theatre, a performing arts venue that gives local and international artists a platform to create and showcase artistic talents.

He built on his success by opening ME Dance School in 2014, with the goal of providing students with an environment where they can cultivate their talent and artistry to its fullest potential. There he has developed his unique Fusion program, featuring a blend of classes in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, aerial and tumbling. In 2017 he introduced the Elite Training Program, an intensive, full-time ballet program designed to train the next generation of dancers.

In addition to dance, Ellis has a longstanding passion for media design and created his production company, WME Design, in 2008. He has self-produced more than 40 shows and events and served as lead designer on many more for client organizations. WME Design offers graphic design, videography, photography and music editing.

Ellis is married to Alex Schudde-Ellis, who is an Equity dance captain at Walt Disney World Resort, a dancer at Universal Studios Florida and a teacher at ME Dance School.

ME Dance, Inc.
- Founder

The Mission of ME Dance is to introduce innovative ideas through dance to create growth in the arts community. Our goal is to ennch the arts commumty by providing an outlet to feature talent in art through entertainment.

ME Theatre

Founder and Owner 

Dance Theatre of Orlando

Artistic Director 

Marshall Ellis Dance School

It is the mission of Marshall Ellis Dance School to provide students with an environment in which to cultivate their talent and artistry to its fullest potential.

Orlando's Dream Team

Dance Theatre of Orlando Dancers and Staff

Marshall Ellis

Artistic Director 

Alex Schudde

Assistant to Artistic Director 

Lauren Sherwood

Company Dancer - ETP Director

Darlene Chudzinski 

Company Dancer - ME1 Director

Venus-Maria Jattan

Company Dancer - Head of Childrens Programs

Erin Murphy

Company Dancer

Sarah Davey

Company Dancer

Gabriella Lopez

Company Dancer

ABOUT

Dance Theatre of Orlando

The Orlando-based ME Dance Company announced today it is officially changing its name to Dance Theatre of Orlando. The beloved dance troupe, founded in 2011, is expanding through the new year and the name change is a reflection of that growth. The company’s original, full-length dance productions will also transform into more robust, fleshed-out stories designed to captivate and intrigue audiences of all ages.

“The new name for ME Dance will bring forth a new era for the dance company,” says Marshall Ellis, founder and artistic director of ME Dance, Inc. and Dance Theatre of Orlando. “With a new name, expect a whole new set of artistic works and expression. The dance company will continue to present its usual full-length productions for each season, but these productions will be edgier – they will incorporate new elements of dance, new innovative technology and, above all, they will focus on engaging stories.”

Productions Preview
This year, there will be a strong focus on developing the dancers into strong storytellers for each performance. Their classic technique will blend with dynamic narratives to provide more than just a showcase of technical feats, but also a unique and fully immersive entertainment offering that will enchant audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

The Dance Theatre of Orlando is funded through ME Dance, Inc., a charity that serves as a beacon of light in the Central Florida arts community. ME Dance, Inc. is a not-for-profit arts organization founded by Marshall Ellis. The mission of ME Dance, Inc. is to introduce innovative ideas through dance to create growth in the arts community and to enrich the arts community by providing an outlet to feature talent in art through entertainment. The organization is determined to assist other local dance organizations and dance students throughout community, regardless of affiliation.The Orlando-based ME Dance Company announced today it is officially changing its name to Dance Theatre of Orlando. The beloved dance troupe, founded in 2011, is expanding through the new year and the name change is a reflection of that growth. The company’s original, full-length dance productions will also transform into more robust, fleshed-out stories designed to captivate and intrigue audiences of all ages.

“The new name for ME Dance will bring forth a new era for the dance company,” says Marshall Ellis, founder and artistic director of ME Dance, Inc. and Dance Theatre of Orlando. “With a new name, expect a whole new set of artistic works and expression. The dance company will continue to present its usual full-length productions for each season, but these productions will be edgier – they will incorporate new elements of dance, new innovative technology and, above all, they will focus on engaging stories.”

Productions Preview
This year, there will be a strong focus on developing the dancers into strong storytellers for each performance. Their classic technique will blend with dynamic narratives to provide more than just a showcase of technical feats, but also a unique and fully immersive entertainment offering that will enchant audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

The Dance Theatre of Orlando is funded through ME Dance, Inc., a charity that serves as a beacon of light in the Central Florida arts community. ME Dance, Inc. is a not-for-profit arts organization founded by Marshall Ellis. The mission of ME Dance, Inc. is to introduce innovative ideas through dance to create growth in the arts community and to enrich the arts community by providing an outlet to feature talent in art through entertainment. The organization is determined to assist other local dance organizations and dance students throughout community, regardless of affiliation.