"Watching Ellie Sandstrom dance is like watching a spider wrap a fresh kill in its web—it’s fascinating and a little frightening to witness something so precise, innate and powerful. She has fierce presence on stage: Whether the choreography is graceful or gruesome, she never loses her intensity. And when she’s performing in an ensemble piece, her body—inked, pierced and, in a word, ripped—is the one your eye seeks out again and again."

        -Brangien Davis for Seattle Magazine

about ellie 

Her choreographic work, under the name SANDSTROMMOVEMENT, has been funded by the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, as well as by Artsist Trust, and has been presented by organizations such as On the Boards, Velocity Dance Center, Perpich Center for the Arts and Creative Dance Center.  

She has created new work through commissions from companies such as Creative Dance Center, Seattle Dance Project, Velocity Dance Center, Stone Productions, Washington Ensemble Theater and Evoke Productions, among others. 

"Ellie Sandstrom is fierce enough to intimidate the viewer; even to the back rows of the theater she demands our attention, but her intensity is never mean. She dances with integrity, etching her outline on our retinas."

   - Sandra Kurtz for Dance Magazine

"Sandstrom swings like a big band on its last set"

                               - Jim Demetre for ArtDish

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Over the last 20 years, through Brain Compatible Dance Education, she has taught a variety of dance forms at many schools and studios in Seattle and beyond, including the University of Washington. 

She led packed classes at Velocity Dance Center for 16 years and continues to teach middle school and high school students at The Northwest School, where she was the Dance Department Chair for 5 years. She has also been on faculty for the past 11 years for Seattle Theatre Group's Dance This! programming.

Ellie is a proud member of the National Dance Education Organization, as well as the Dance Educators Association of Washington.

Ellie Sandstrom is a Performer, Choreographer and highly sought after Dance Educator, who is fueled by movement in many forms. 

She was a honored as a "Dance Champion" and creative residency recipient from Velocity Dance Center, a "Spotlight Award" winner from Seattle Magazine and can be seen in a book entitled "Seattle 100" by Photographer Chase Jarvis.  

Since receiving her BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in 2000, she has worked with many dance makers and artists, including Scott/Powell Performance and locust (from 2000-2010), as well as Seattle Dance Project, Jessie Smith, Amy O'Neal, Mark Haim, Dayna Hansen, Veronica Lee-Baik/the Three Yells, Reggie Watts, Lynn Shelton with Karn Jukensmith, Corrie Befort and countless others, both in live stage and film work.  

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