ABOUT US | Meet our Team

Ellen G. Waller

Founder & Coach

Education:

Masters of Science, Exercise Science

  Northeastern Illinois University

  Chicago, IL

Bachelors of Science, Irish Dance Education

   Ohio State University

   Columbus, OH

   CLICK HERE to read more about Ellen's undergraduate

    degree in Irish Dance Education

Certifications:  NASM - CPT

                           NASM - PES

                            TCRG (2005)

                           CPR-AED

                           Youth Mental Health First Aid

                           VIRTUS 

Memberships: 

  International Association of Dance      

    Medicine and Science

  National Academy of Sports Medicine

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MEET ELLEN

Long time competitive and professional Irish dancer and instructor, Ellen G. Waller, has dedicated her life to Irish dance.  Her talent as a dancer has lead her to perform for thousands across the world and her passion as an Irish dance instructor has influenced innumerable young dancers.

 

As a young dancer, Ellen recognized the unique physical and mental challenges encountered by elite dancers and athletes.  Determined to learn more about supporting young dancers and athletes, she returned to school to complete her Masters of Science in Exercise Science. 

 

Coupling her in-depth experience as an Irish dancer/instructor with her expansive knowledge of kinesiology, Ellen developed the innovative Target Training program; a series of courses and training methods that condition the specific muscles Irish dancers need to

  • optimize performance;

  • improve technique;

  • prevent injuries;

  • overcome physical and mental challenges;

  • perform and compete at an elite level.

 

Learn more about how Ellen got started HERE

Learn more about Ellen's undergraduate degree in Irish Dance Education HERE

Ella Pomplun

Projects & Communication Specialist

Education:

Doctorate of Physical Therapy (Class of 2024)

  University of Minnesota

  Minneapolis, MN

Bachelors of Science, Exercise & Movement Science

   University of Wisconsin

   Madison, WI

Certifications:

  Certified Personal Trainer - NASM

  CPR-BLS for Healthcare Providers

Memberships: 

  American Physical Therapy Association

  National Academy of Sports Medicine 

MEET ELLA

Ella began Irish dancing at the age of eight, and her passion for dance comes through in every aspect of her life. As a young dancer, she became interested in improving dance skills and preventing injuries through strength training and grew intent on building a career out of this passion. She pursued a degree in Kinesiology with the ultimate goal of becoming a physical therapist and a TCRG to implement strength and conditioning practices into Irish dance training. She began working for Target Training in 2018 as the Special Projects Intern and has been the Projects & Communication Specialist since 2019.

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