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ABOUT US | Meet the TT Team

Ellen G. Waller
Founder & Coach


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 Ed.


  NASM - Certified Personal Trainer

  NASM - Performance Enhancement Specialist

  TCRG (2005)


  Youth Mental Health First Aid



  International Association of Dance Medicine and Science

  National Academy of Sports Medicine



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
Operations & Communications Manager, TT Coach


Doctorate of Physical Therapy (Class of 2024)

  University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Bachelors of Science, Exercise & Movement Science

   University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI


  Certified Personal Trainer - NASM

  CPR-BLS for Healthcare Providers


  American Physical Therapy Association

  National Academy of Sports Medicine 


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 is now the Operations and Communications Manager. 

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Abbey Holmes
TT Coach


Bachelor’s of Science, Atmospheric Science

  University of Georgia, Athens, GA


  Certified Personal Trainer - NASM


Abbey is an undergraduate student at the University of Georgia pursuing a bachelor's degree in atmospheric science. Despite starting Irish dance relatively later in life at the age of 15, she quickly discovered her love and passion for the sport. She has danced competitively throughout her high school and college career. In addition to dance and her academic pursuits, Abbey is also a volunteer puppy raiser with the Guide Dog Foundation, where she helps ensure that future guide dogs receive the training and care they need to become successful service dogs. Abbey became a Target Training athlete in 2021 and has loved learning about the science behind dance training. She is so excited to share her passion for dance and exercise science with others. 


Meg Fitzpatrick
TT Coach


Bachelor's of Science, Geophysical Sciences

  University of Chicago, Chicago, IL


  Certified Personal Trainer - NASM


Irish dance has been a major part of Meg's life since she was six years old. As a high school track and field athlete, she discovered the benefits that strength training could bring to her dancing. She continued dancing and running track while pursuing her degree in geophysical sciences at the University of Chicago. During this time, Meg became a Target Training athlete and learned to find balance in her training, which led her to become an NCAA All-American sprinter and qualify for the World Championships of Irish Dance. Meg now works as a math interventionist for DuSable High School in Chicago where she is also the head track and field coach. She is passionate about creating a supportive training environment for all dancers and athletes. 

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