dance nurtures the human spirit.

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Ellensburg Dance Ensemble (EDE) is a 501(c)3 non-profit pre‐professional dance ensemble that provides performance and educational opportunities for aspiring dancers in Ellensburg and surrounding communities. 

about EDE

EDE is Central Washington’s premiere dance company. We foster excellence in all forms of dance and instill in our dancers the enthusiasm and desire to share their passion with the local community. Dancers in the ensemble learn and perform works by hired choreographers, collaborate with guest professional dancers, and participate in a wide range of high caliber dance performances.

we believe

movement promotes joy

discovery, and a lifelong commitment to well-being.

diversity leads to compassion

and respect for ourselves and others.

Dance is For Everyone

of every shape, size, age, ethnicity, background, and skill.

we are performers

Our dancers showcase their talents and share their joy of dance to the community. Through these performances we enhance artistic experiences in our community. 

Each season, EDE produces one major show in addition to smaller promotional performances. Past shows include The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Snow White, Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Sleeping Beauty




The Ellensburg Dance Ensemble has a 12+ year history of dance performance and education in the Ellensburg and surrounding communities.

Emerging from the Dance Center of Ellensburg, Ellensburg Youth Ballet, and Stagedoor Dance, Central Washington Dance Ensemble (CWDE) was formed in 2010 as a member organization under Laughing Horse Arts Foundation. In 2019, CWDE changed its name to Ellensburg Dance Ensemble (EDE), and in January 2021, EDE became a stand-alone non-profit organization.


EDE is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and is operated by a volunteer board of directors. The current board members are:

John Durham, President |

Jill Scheffer, Vice President |

Adrienne Zimny, costumes | props

Katrina Durham, interim secretary | social media 

Board meetings are held once per month with an annual retreat in June of each year. If you are interested in learning how you can get involved, please contact us for more information.