Ellen Cook began dancing at the age of seven. She studied in the pre-professional program at Peoria Ballet, and is a graduate of the Peoria Ballet Academy. Ellen performed in Peoria Ballet’s Nutcracker for nine years, starring as the lead role of Clara in three different productions. She has appeared in Peoria Ballet’s productions of Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cinderella, Wings, and Giselle.
Ellen represented Peoria Ballet in the Youth America Grand Prix in 2010 and 2011, and also attended numerous summer intensive programs at ballet schools including Peoria Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Faubourg School of Ballet. Ellen implemented the ballet and strength & stretch program at Miss Laura’s School of Dance for the competitive travel team, and her students have received numerous awards. Ellen has been a coach to fitness competitors, and served as a professional coach in the CASAblanca Dancing with the Stars benefit for CASA of Peoria County.