Joined Boston Ballet in 2011
Ashley Ellis received her dance training at the South Bay Ballet under the direction of Diane Lauridsen. Other instruction included Alicia Head, Mario Nugara, Charles Maple, and Kimberly Olmos. She began her professional career with American Ballet Theatre's studio company and later joined American Ballet Theatre as a company dancer. In 1999, Ellis won the first prize at the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Award, and went on to become the recipient of the Coca Cola scholarship award in 2000 and 2001. She has performed in Spain with Angel Corella's touring group and joined Corella Ballet in 2008 as a soloist. In 2011, Ellis joined Boston Ballet as a second soloist. She was promoted to soloist in 2012 and was appointed Principal dancer in 2013.
Her principal repertoire includes Marius Petipa's The Sleeping Beauty; Mikko Nissinen's The Nutcracker and Swan Lake; Natalia Makarova's La Bayadère; Sir Frederick Ashton's Cinderella and Les Rendezvous; Yuri Possokhov's The Firebird; Christopher Wheeldon's DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse, VIII and Polyphonia ; George Balanchine's Theme and Variations, Allegro Brillante, Divertimento No. 15, Episodes, Who Cares?, Serenade, Coppélia, Symphony in C, and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux; Clark Tippet's Bruch Violin Concerto; Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room; Stanton Welch's Clear; Angel Corella's String Sextet; Wayne McGregor's Chroma; Jorma Elo's Awake Only and C to C; Jerome Robbins' Fancy Free, The Concert, and A Midsummer Night's Dream; Jiří Kylián's Bella Figura, Wings of Wax, Symphony of Psalms, and Petite Mort; and Liam Scarlett's Promenade Sentimental, among others.
Ellis has danced as a guest artist internationally in numerous galas and full-length ballets