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The Elite Training Program is guided by the vision of School Director Marshall Ellis, and under the leadership of Marshall Ellis and Program Director Lauren Sherwood, and an renowned faculty of Marshall Ellis Dance School, our program provides an intensive ballet training experience for students in pursuit of a professional career. Acceptance is by audition only. Students from around the world compete for fifteen spots each year. The program aims to provide a unique personal, versatile, and positive training experience for students. The Elite Training Program September – June.

Tuition $400/month(Tuition includes daytime classes, Unlimited drop in night classes, Workshop Series Performances, local and regional dance festivals, rehearsal fees, and professional training for a future in a dance career. Program runs September 2017 – June 2018. Marshall Ellis Dance School is open year round. Summer Intensives

Marshall Ellis – School Director 

Lauren Sherwood – Program Director

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Lauren Sherwood

Lauren Sherwood – Program Director

Lauren Sherwood began her training at the Draper Center for Dance Education in Rochester, NY.  She graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2009 under several scholarships.  She went on to dance Corps de Ballet, Soloist, and Principal roles with Atlanta Ballet, BalletMet Columbus, Montgomery Ballet, and The Georgia Ballet.  Her favorite roles included the Dewdrop Fairy in The Nutcracker, Christine Daae in Phantom of the Opera, and the pas de deux from On the Nature of Daylight. Lauren was a principal faculty member at Montgomery Ballet School from 2012-2014, teaching ballet to all ages.  She directed the Fairytale Ballet Program in 2013 and 2014 and coached dancers to compete at Youth America Grand Prix in 2014, where her students placed in the top three.  She has also taught ballet at the Centre for Performing Arts in Prattville, AL and at the British Academy for the Performing Arts in Marietta, GA.  Lauren is currently a Principal AEA performer at the Festival of the Lion King show at Walt Disney World, where she has performed in parades and shows since 2015.  She is also a company dancer with Dance Theatre of Orlando and has performed soloist roles in Keys, as Gina in Change, and as Claire in The Nuthouse.

Joseph Gatti

Marshall Ellis Dance School is happy to announce Joesph Gatti as a Principle Guest Teacher for The Elite Training Program.

Mr. Gatti is formerly a Principal Dancer with Cincinnati Ballet and Corella Ballet and First Soloist with Boston Ballet. Born in Warwick, New York and raised in Orlando, Florida, Mr. Gatti began dancing at the Orlando Ballet School in Florida and continued his training with Vadim Fedotov and Irina Depler. Joseph danced with Orlando Ballet as an apprentice 2001-2003, under the direction of Fernando Bujones. In 2003, he was coached by Orlando Molina for the Youth American Grand Prix Ballet Competition in New York where he was awarded the Gold Medal and a Scholarship to the Royal Ballet School in London. Upon graduating with honors he received the 2004, Dame Ruth Railton Award for Excellence in Dance. After attending the 2003, American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive he joined the American Ballet Theater Studio Company for the 2004-2005 season. In 2005, he became the first American Male Dancer to win the prestigious Gold Medal at the New York International Ballet Competition. Joseph was nominated as best male dancer for the 2006, Benois de la Danse in Moscow, Russia. In 2006, he became a Bronze Medalist at the USA International Ballet Competition and a Silver Medalist at the Seoul International Ballet Competition in Korea.

He was also chosen to be featured in a video entitled “The Male Ballet Dancer” presented by master teacher Finis Jhung. In 2007, Joseph was coached by Magaly Suarez for the first World Ballet Competition in Orlando, Florida, where he received the Gold Medal. Mr. Gatti also received the Bronze Medal at the 2010 Istanbul International Ballet Competition. In 2013, Joseph received the Mr. Virtuosity Award at the Dance Open Ballet Festival in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. In 2014, he also received the “Best Pas De Deux” award at the Dance Open Festival in St-Petersburg, Russia.


Marshall Ellis Dance School admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin in administration of its education policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs or any other school-administered programs.