Ellen Bar attended the School of American Ballet for eight years before she was asked to join the New York City Ballet as a corps member in 1998 and promoted to Soloist in 2006. During her 14-year career with the company, Ellen danced featured roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins and Christopher Wheeldon, among many others. In 2009, Ellen co-created, developed, and produced NY Export: Opus Jazz, a feature-length 35mm film adaptation of the 1958 Jerome Robbins ballet of the same name, shot on location all over New York with an ensemble cast of dancers from the New York City Ballet. NY Export: Opus Jazz aired nationally on PBS' Great Performances series, won the Audience Award at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival, and has been broadcast in 11 countries and screened theatrically in 73 cities on 6 continents. In 2011, Ellen retired from dancing and is now the Director of Media Projects for New York City Ballet.