Ellen Maynard



Parting 6

Parting 6 is a video adaptation of a modern dance piece for stage choreographed by Serena Chang. I saw the original work in Columbus, Ohio at The Ballet Met Performance Space through The Ohio State University Department of Dance, in February, 2014. I was inspired to create a version of the piece for the screen, and I returned to Ohio in March to shoot the video adaptation at the EMMA lab in newly renovated Sullivant Hall.

Parting 6 premiered at the Third Coast Dance Film Festival 2014 in Houston, Texas, where it became “Spirit of the Festival Award Winner”.

Spirit of the Third Coast Award 2014 White (1)

video adaptation and sound: Ellen Maynard
choreography: Serena Chang
performance: Lily Hane, Tadas Varaneckas, Tim Bendernagel, Mel Mark, Maddie Tiberi, Dani Fishman

Filmed at The Ohio State University EMMA LAB
Thank you to The Ohio State University Department of Dance and the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design

Video Adaptation

Original Piece for Stage


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Globe Trot

Take a look at this new dance film- Globe Trot 

I am lucky to have been a part of this with filmmakers from all over the world. I taught dance moves to my friends Maddie and Isabelle, and my dear old Dad (he really broke it down at the beach in San Diego). I also got my groove on at the beach… see if you can spot us! Kudos to Mitchell Rose and Bebe Miller for spinning this dance film into action. Enjoy!


*Globe Trot is an international crowd-sourced dance film project. To learn more about how we made it, check out the website here*


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short film release: “New York City!”

6 post-grads

5 days

1 short film

Earlier this year I was part of a semi-random project to make a short film in one week with Bianca Giaever. If you have a minute to watch her films- do! The week started off as fun morning hang outs/ group therapy about living in New York, but as the week went on and we got more comfortable with each other, we started creating this film. Check out this little diddy and the article written about it here:

A Filmed Reminder of How Much Fun Unbridled Creativity Can Be 


Stills from Parting 6

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I recently directed a video translation of Parting 6, a dance piece by Serena Chang. I first saw the piece at The Department of Dance Winter Concert at The Ohio State University. Something about the piece captivated me, and Serena and I soon began collaborating on moving her piece from stage to screen. The video will up soon, I just can’t wait any longer to share these stills with you!

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First Performances in New York!

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I haven’t updated since my big move across the country, to Brooklyn. I have been doing a crazy dance daily just to keep my footing in this city. I am thrilled to be living amongst many artists and dancers from all over the world- & I get to live with three of those artists in my own home!

I am excited to share with you that I have already performed two pieces that I felt a strong commitment. The first one was part of the East Village Dance Collective’s show: “The Shell Shocked Nut.” I danced in a piece by Dante Brown | Warehouse Dance. I cherished the experience because the Warehouse dancers got to create movement and dance with young dancers from the East Village Dance Collective. Plus I got to dance as a grannie on stage with my best grannie friend- Maddie Irmen! Our New York debut!

The second performance I was a part of is Quentin Burley’s premiere work in NY, it is a duet titled “Mermaiding on the Rug.” We showed the piece as a work in progress at Wax Works, which takes place at Triskelion Arts, in Williamsburg. I am honored to be dancing in Quentin’s piece with Madeline Irmen, and dancing to an original sound score by Kristen Coburn. Watch the video below.


Video Internship at Bates Dance Festival 2013

I just got back from Bates Dance Festival, it was my first summer there and I can tell it won’t be my last!

I danced with an incredible community in Daniel Charon’s class and Kathleen Hermesdorf’s class… and I got to rock out every day to Albert Mathias playing live!

Here I am with my beloved video peeps: Peter, Virginia, Lindsay, and Julia.


We created a lot of content for the BDF Youtube page

I made this new promo for Bates Dance Festival, take a look!


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