Ellen Keane


Ellen Keane is thankful for her life in dance and believes this gift of dance training should be accessible to everyone. She is the executive director of Keane Sense of Rhythm Tap Company and teaches at University of Minnesota Theater & Dance Department. Keane teaches beginning through advanced professional tap dance with a goal of using dance as physical and mental health for adults, kids and underprivileged youth.

KSR has performed for over 100,000 people, many of which were free to the public. From the street to the rooftop and from outdoor venues to professional theaters in Poland, China, Ireland, Canada have benefited from her artistry.

Choreography credits include 50+ musicals for high schools, community and professional theaters. Collaborations with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Misora Taiko, and the Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s production of Tap Dance in Beijing, China.

Ellen is a producer Minneapolis Human Rhythm Projects, Fringe shows and National Tap Dance Day. For the past 10 years, her focus has been mainly rhythm tap — one Broadway gypsy claimed that every class with Ellen is a master class.

Ellen is most proud of the creation of the Youth Tap Ensemble in 2002. Dancers ages 8-18 audition for placement annually. She especially enjoys working with talented and passionate youth in master classes, workshops and residencies.