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Who We Are

At Barbara Ellis Studio of Dance, we have been passing on the love of dance for over 60 years. As a family owned business, we believe that every dancer should be treated like a part of our family. Quality instructors care for the student as a whole, and strive to create a well-rounded dancer.

We offer classes in all styles of dance, including jazz, ballet, hip hop, tap and more. We are dedicated to creating an inspired and positive atmosphere where our students can develop their skills and reach their full potential. If you are looking for a place to learn, create, and have fun, look no further than Barbara Ellis Studio of Dance.

Barbara Ellis


Barbara Ellis of the “Barbara Ellis Studio of Dance” lends more to the studio than just her name.  She offers skilled, quality instruction and has personally shared her love of dance and of life with students for more than 60 years.

As the Director of one of the first dance studios in Colorado Springs, Barbara has had the opportunity to teach thousands of students ranging in age from 3 to 83 – that’s when you also include her philanthropic work in forming the dance company Generation Journey for those 55-years and older.  Barbara’s hands-on attention, teaching style and leadership skills create a positive learning environment and a comfortable atmosphere for students and parents alike.

Through the years, Barbara has personally been honored with awards from the local arts community and her dancers have been honored with awards from various events and competitions.  However, she believes her biggest honor of all is the relationship she shares with her students and the fact that they keep coming back.  In some families, there are up to three generations o

dancers being taught in the studio.

Barbara is also a breast cancer survivor (single mastectomy) and has undergone two full knee replacements… but nothing has slowed her or stopped her tapping feet!  She is still dancing and still teaching after all these years.  But even more than teaching dance steps and techniques she shares an outlook and an optimistic attitude about life that affects all who have the opportunity to be acquainted with her – either as a friend, a mentor, or a teacher.

Barbara holds a degree in Elementary Education from Idaho State College.  Early on she taught school, but she soon refocused her teaching talents back to the subject she grew up doing and has always loved most… dance.  The rest is history

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Our Faculty

Suzanne Dirscherl
Owner/ Co-director
Mindy Ellis
Co-director / Instructor

Sarah Ortiz

Ballet director
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Zetta Alderman


Amanda Aragon

Technique/ Instructor


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Barbara Ellis Studio of Dance

1595 York Rd

Colorado Springs, Co



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