Ellie Sciarra brings an impassioned, joyful approach to tap dance. Her deep knowledge of technique combines with her experience as a massage therapist to create a whole body approach to dance.
Sciarra has decades of performance, choreography, and teaching experience — all influenced by early experiences in Henry LeTang’s studio. LeTang taught by a series of routines, each increasingly difficult and stylistically unique. In honor of his influence, Sciarra currently offers the Henry LeTang Workshop, a series of classes based on LeTang’s work, designed to inspire teachers and students to excel technically. Sciarra also trained with Brenda Bufalino, Paul Draper, and Danny Daniels.
In addition to the LeTang Worksops, offered at universities and studios across the nation, Sciarra recently choreographed 42nd Street at the University of Central Michigan and offered a week-long tap intensive in Manila, Philippines.
Sciarra also conceived and co-choreographed Taps Are Talking: Women In Tap, produced in the Denver metro area, detailing the gendered aspects of tap. She received a Boulder County Arts Alliance Fellowship for this work.
Sciarra toured the U.S. and Europe with NYC TAPworks, performed on PBS’ Draper on Tap, in Sondheim’s Follies at Lincoln Center, and at The Duke Theater in NYC. She has been guest teacher and choreographer at many universities across the west, in addition to the Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival, American College Dance Festival, Interlochen Arts Academy, Black Hills Dance Theater, Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop, Colorado Dance Festival, and New Orleans Jazz Project.
Sciarra is the president of Taps Are Talking, Inc., dedicated to promoting tap dance. Her dance advocacy and love of writing led to the creation of Sole Stories, a web-based archive representing a celebration of female tap dancers. Currently, Sciarra is writing a book linking tap and life lessons. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.