Biography

Elly Lovin grew up studying classical ballet and pointe with Robert Thomas and Miyoko Kato of the Joffrey Ballet and earned a BFA in Dance from the University of Iowa with a focus in ballet, modern dance and performance. She began her journey as a movement teacher in 2008 and has taught yoga, creative movement, barre, ballet and dance for students of all ages in Taipei, Chicago, New York City and Maine. Elly resides in Portland, Maine, where she teaches for The Portland Ballet, Casco Bay Movers, Waynflete Schools and other local initiatives. As a Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist, she holds creative dance residencies for school children around Maine, and is twice a recipient of the MAC Dance Ed Grant (2018, 2020). She dances and performs with Rose Hutchins/Ballet Bloom Project.

Philosophy

I am a lifelong student of movement sharing my love of joyful somatic experiences with curious spirits of all ages. My teaching style is creative, flexible and intuitive. A class is a dialogue of moving bodies; a conversation that uses embodied self-study and social-emotional skills to strengthen both autonomy and connectedness within a community. I believe in movement as a form of love and a force for good.

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