Annette Thornton, my collaborator and Director of Music Theatre at Central Michigan University, had this to say:
Ellie Sciarra is a gifted teacher, choreographer, and collaborator. Bringing her to Central Michigan University to choreograph 42nd Street was the best decision I could have made.
Her ability to hear complex rhythms in the music created dynamic and engaging tap choreography that allowed the taps and the music to be in conversation with each other.
Ellie is an inspirational educator whose gifts of communication and spark brought out precision, clarity, and high accomplishment in all the dancers. Her work ethic and collaborative
approach inspired and supported me as director. Ellie offers a wealth of student-focused teaching, grounded technique, and brilliant understanding of rhythm. Plus, she loves to laugh. ‚Äî Annette Thornton
I was truly inspired, caught off guard, called out, and sweat like I‚Äôve never sweat before! I told her she has legs of steel as mine were ready to fall off. What a remarkable woman and an amazing artist.
Her feet were light like dandelions and her grace contagious. She made it look and feel so easy. I was in heaven. Abbe Holle, owner TAPS Studio
From shaking in my shoes at the audition to flapping my way into the spotlight, Ellie has opened my eyes and ears to the wonderful art of Tap dancing. Always kind, always tough, Ellie has ushered a group of newcomers into the world of 42nd Street with professionalism, clarity, and charm. I am so grateful that I got to learn a few steps from this amazing artist. ‚Äì Troy Mullin, student ‚Äì Central Michigan University
You‚Äôre an amazing and exuberant teacher and your passion truly shines! Thanks for all that I‚Äôve learned. Mostly, thanks for the reminder to listen to all that exists in the spaces between the notes. -Lisa, student -Evergreen, Colorado
Spaces between the notes.
What if, like a string of pearls, we connect all the precious moments together, stringing the spaces and notes of our lives into a beautiful strand?
As a teacher, I am humbles and honored in the act of giving away. It’s a learning duet, a collective openness.