Marshall Ellis began dancing at age six in Killen, Alabama. His early years he trained in jazz, hip-hop, tap, and lyrical. Until the age of thirteen he competed in many national dance competitions. While competing he was awarded many regional and national titles. Marshall began his ballet training at the age of fifteen under the direction of Therese Laeger at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. Upon graduation, he was awarded the The Prix dʼ Excellence de Dance, the highest award given from ASFA. He then joined Ballet Austin II. After one season, he was asked to dance under full scholarship with “Images of Dance Company” with London Studio Centre in London, England. During his time in London he was awarded the David Rymer Trust Prize. Marshall then joined Orlando Ballet, under the direction of Fernando Bujones, performing everything from corp de ballet to principle roles. He also served as Orlando Ballet company representative for several seasons. Marshall has traveled around the world performing soloist and principle roles in England, Japan, USVI, and the United States. After six years with Orlando Ballet he moved on to perform as a principle equity performer with Walt Disney World. Marshall was the principle ballet dancer in Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba which was the company’s premier ballet role. While performing Marshall Ellis has choreographed and taught for many years. He has been a teacher/ choreographer for Alabama School of Fine Arts, Orlando Ballet School, STEPS Program (Scholarship Training for the Enrichment of Primary Students is targeted to reach at-risk children), Dance Masters of America, and guest teacher for several other national institutions. Choreographic works were created for students and companies. Such works have been performed and awarded in Youth American Grand Prix. Other professional work has been performed for Alabama School of Fine Arts, Cirque du Soleil, Orlando Ballet and ME Dance. In 2011 he founded ME Dance, Inc. (Marshall Ellis Dance Company a 501c3 organization) a professional dance company located in Orlando Florida. The growth of ME Dance extended in 2014 when he opened two other businesses to help stimulate the arts in Orlando. ME Theatre(2014) a performing arts venue and ME Dance School which has a mission to provide students with an environment in which to cultivate their talent and artistry to its fullest potential. Along with performing Marshall has a passion for media design. He founded a media production company called WME Design(2008). He has been lead designer for several large organizations. Services offered range from design, video, photography, and music editing. His love for the arts is apparent and he hopes that his dream will continue to come true. He is very excited to announce the founding of ME Dance (Marshall Ellis Dance Company). With his years of experience in both dance and media production feels strong and passionate about his new company’s future.
Mission and Purpose of ME Dance, Inc.
The Mission of ME Dance is to introduce innovative ideas through dance to create growth in the arts community. Our goal is to enrich the arts community by providing an outlet to feature talent in art through entertainment.
Since the age of six I have known I had a passion to perform. Being in front of an audience is what I craved. I had a dream that became real and have been performing ever since. It was a struggle between people making fun of me or that I was never going to make it. Well, I made it. I was able to perform in countries around the world and meet many talented people along the way. I have danced for different companies and two of the largest production companies in the world. I was performing everyday for thousands of people. I was living the dream. However, my personal desire was met but I wanted others to experience what I had in of my life. I believe dance is the best form of therapy. What is the first thing you do when you are happy? You do a little dance. I now realize my ultimate goal. I believe dance as a form of entertainment should be more accessible to a larger audience. I aim to collaborate with other talents in the entertainment industry to promote excitement and drive arts in the community. Through collaboration ME Dance, Inc. will be able to bring amazing performances to the stage. With passion and love for entertainment I hope to encourage the growth of art in our communities. I want to be able to bring arts back into schools and give kids access to explore there true talents. In the near future I want to build a school that teaches all forms of dance and other forms of entertainment. In life having goals is important. This new venture is important to me. I hope that you see my ambition and want to be apart of this movement with me.