Rachael Baxter Ellis
En Pointe School of Ballet is owned under the artistic direction of 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 directed 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 the support and encouragement of her husband and family, 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 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 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.
Photography by Tamra Hyde - Modern Expressions