Ellen Bar attended the School of American Ballet for eight years before she was asked to join the New York City Ballet as a corps member in 1998 and promoted to Soloist in 2006. During her 14-year career with the company, Ellen danced featured roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins and Christopher Wheeldon, among many others.
As a child, Ellen danced as a Candy Cane in Emile Ardolino’s The Nutcracker (with New York City Ballet), appeared in the feature film Center Stage directed by Nicholas Hytner, and created an animated character in Barbie of Swan Lake.
In 2005, Ellen danced in the stage revival of Jerome Robbins’ NY Export: Opus Jazz, during which she and fellow soloist developed the idea to re-imagine the ballet for film, shot on location in present-day New York City.
Together, they developed and produced the feature-length 35mm film adaptation NY EXPORT: OPUS JAZZ and the accompanying documentary A BALLET IN SNEAKERS, which premiered at South by Southwest 2010, where it won an Audience Award, and aired on PBS’ Great Performances. Trailer for NY Export: Opus Jazz