Ela Olarte, Dance Instructor

Ela Olarte was was born in Davao, Philippines and raised in Chicago, IL. She received a B.F.A in Choreography from The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago in 2012. Throughout college, Ela had numerous opportunities to work with world-class guest artists at The Dance Center stage and danced as a company member for the former Hip Hop Connxion Chicago. She received additional training from the American Dance Center and Visceral Dance Center's Professional Scholarship Program, as well as the summer intensives of River North Dance Chicago, Choreographic Initiative, Ballet Lab Chicago, Same Planet Different World,The Dance COLEctive and The Joffrey Ballet. As a freelance artist, Ela was featured in dance films Spectrum and Continuum. Other professional credits include Thodos Dance Chicago New Dances 2016, Carnival Choreographer's Ball, Choreographic Sponsorship Event 2014/15 and Visceral Dance Chicago's, Within 2015.