Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How is Ellové different from barre classes or other conditioning classes for dancers?
A: Ellové is taught by dance-trained, certified instructors, who understand the dancer aesthetic, class flow, fluidity of movement, alignment, technique, and musicality. Not only is the format of the class unique to Ellové, but the artistry in the delivery makes it perfect for the dance studio environment.
Q: How can I take an Ellové class if one isn't offered in my city?
A: Follow us on social media, where we will occasionally live stream classes. We also travel frequently to teach master classes across the country. If you are interested in bringing Ellové to your city or studio, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org - we'd love to discuss with you all the ways we can make Ellové more accessible to your studio or community, including sending your favorite dance instructor to become certified to teach Ellové!
Q: How is Ellové taught to different abilities and ages of students?
A: The Ellové Technique is designed to be adaptable to all ages and abilities (we recommend starting at age 10, or intermediate level dancers). While it is ideal to have students with a similar range of abilities, that is often not the case, so instructors are trained to approach each class with a variety of modifications, including working with students with specific injuries or physical limitations.
Q: Why do we only use 1 pound hand weights and not heavier?
A: When working on arm positioning and shoulder and scapula stability, light weights are extremely effective in achieving tone and strength. For dancers, the use of light weights allows the arms to better engage from the back. And trust us, 1 pound is no joke when the arms don't rest for 10 minutes!
Q: What does the name Ellové mean?
A: In ballet, the term elevé means 'rise'. We took the initials of our team (Erin, Lisa, and Laura) and incorporated two of important components of The Ellové Technique: RISING within ourselves to achieve strength (in body and spirit), balance, and alignment, and LOVE of self and others. These two elements are embedded in the teaching philosophies of Ellové, and what we endeavor for all of our students to feel in every class.