Kelanie Murphy began her formal dance training at Judith Svalander School of Ballet. She continued her training at the University of Missouri Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance. While at UMKC, she danced with Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company and the Kansas City Ballet. After graduating magna cum laude with a BFA in dance performance, Kelanie joined the Minnesota Ballet where she danced for four seasons then Madison Ballet where she danced for three seasons before moving to Omaha to dance with American Midwest Ballet. Kelanie is currently in her 5th season with AMB where she has recently danced the “Dew Drop Fairy” in The Nutcracker, Ann Reinking and Dylis Croman’s staging of Bob Fosse’s Trumpet Solo from ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’, and Frank Chavas’ “Stormy Monday” Kelanie is the director of the summer intensive at AMB, and she is a rehearsal assistant for the company. She is also an instructor and directs the Youth America Grand Prix Solo program at the AMB School.
Elly began her ballet training at the Judith Svalander School of Ballet in Crystal Lake, IL. Through countless performing opportunities with JSSB, she acquired a lifelong love of ballet and performance. As a teenager she supplemented her training with performances at Ballet Chicago and was then accepted to study at the School of American Ballet’s Summer Program. At the age of 16 she attended the Rock School for their year round program. The following year she returned to SAB to finish her training. At the end of that year, after dancing a lead in the SAB Workshop Performance, she became an Apprentice with the New York City Ballet. She then joined the Royal Danish Ballet in 2001, where she spent the majority of her career, participating in the Bournonville Festival of 2005 and the opening of the new Opera House. After nearly 10 years, she returned to Chicago and continued freelancing, performing with Ballet Chicago, the Lyric Opera, and the Marriott Theatre. Now Elly has 2 children and lives in Chicago with her husband Danny.
Amy Rose began her professional training with Larry Long at the Ruth Page Foundation and also at the Lyric Opera Ballet and American Ballet Theater School on scholarship.
Amy performed with the Chicago Ballet in Ruth Page’s “The Nutcracker” and “Alice in Wonderland “ before joining American Ballet Theatre at the age of sixteen.
She rose to the rank of soloist at ABT and was featured in principal, soloist and character parts in both the classical and contemporary repertoire. During this time, she was also a Guest Artist with the Universal Ballet in Korea and the Stars of American Ballet in Manila.
She went on to dance as a soloist at Pacific Northwest Ballet and was a featured dancer on their tour to Australia. As a freelance dancer, she performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dance West Ballet, Northwest Ballet and the Civic Ballet of Chicago, among others.
As a teacher, she’s been on the faculty for the ABT Summer Intensives for over 20 years and was a guest faculty member for the Colorado Ballet Summer Intensive this year. Amy has been a guest instructor for several Regional Dance Festivals and professional dance companies. She also coaches students for various competitions including YAGP. Currently she teaches at three schools and is a co-director of Ballet Illinois and the Schaumburg Nutcracker.
Amy Rose is an ABT Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.
Colin Ellis was born and raised in McHenry, IL. After 14 years of training with Judith Svalander School of Ballet; Colin attended Indiana University and graduated in three years with a BS in Ballet Performance with an outside field in arts management. After graduating, Colin went to BalletMet of Columbus, OH’s 2nd company for a year before beginning his career as a company member with St. Louis Ballet in 2017. Colin will be approaching his 7th season with the St. Louis ballet Company. Throughout his college and company years, Colin has had the privilege to perform works from George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Christopher Wheeldon, Gen Horiuchi, Edwaard Liang, Gustavo Ramirez Sanso, Michael Pink, and Michael Vernon, among others. Colin has been teaching ballet, character, contemporary, men’s, partnering, pre-pointe, and pointe since 2014 and is excited to return and teach for the JSSB summer intensive.