Elly Lovin grew up studying classical ballet and pointe with Robert Thomas and Miyoko Kato of the Joffrey Ballet and earned a BFA in Dance from the University of Iowa with a focus in ballet, modern dance and performance. Her love for children has inspired her work as a nanny, an aide for teens with autism, an English teacher in Taiwan and an arts volunteer in Uganda and Paraguay. She has been a Registered Yoga Instructor since 2008 and has developed and taught yoga and creative movement programs in public and private schools in Taipei, Chicago and New York City. Elly now lives in Portland with her husband and son, where she teaches for The Portland Ballet, Waynflete School and The Rooted Collective. As a Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist, she has been selected to hold creative dance residencies for kindergarten students in Brunswick and Deer Isle, Maine. Awarded a MAC Dance Ed Grant for 2018, she is teaching creative dance to kindergarteners at East End School in Portland. Elly feels most alive at the beach or in a room of laughing, moving children, resonating with the sentiment of Isadora Duncan: "I do not teach children. I bring them joy."