Karin Ellis-Wentz  
Organization: Joffrey Ballet’s Academy of Dance (USA)

Position: Head of Pre-Professional Program

Affiliation with organization: 2016 – Present

Years active at YAGP: 2016 – Present

Contact: Facebook


Karin Ellis-Wentz began her training at the Marin Ballet School, San Rafael, CA. A two-time semifinalist in the Prix de Lausanne, she was offered a scholarship to the Heinz Bosl Stiftung in Munich, Germany. Ms. Ellis-Wentz danced with Atlanta Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Boston Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, where she performed for 11 years. Ms. Ellis-Wentz is an ABT® Certified Teacher, having successfully completed all levels of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She is also a certified Stott Pilates® instructor. After retiring from the stage, she taught in various programs, including the ABT® Summer Intensive in New York City. Ms. Ellis-Wentz joined the Joffrey Academy faculty in 2013, and was promoted to Head of Pre-Professional Programs in 2016.