Elisa Monte Dance Company
|ARTS EDUCATION is an important part of each artist’s job. Over the years Elisa Monte Dance has taken a practical and integral approach to this duty, regularly teaching workshops and master classes, as well as conducting lecture demonstrations and open rehearsals. These and other educational activities specifically tailored to the institution and the broader community being served are offered in conjunction with company performances at venues throughout the United States and the world. Elisa Monte Dance also conducts extended residencies, often in tandem with the creation of new work, a restaging or rehearsal of an existing piece which provide in-depth focus on dance creation, preparation and performance. Residency activities are geared to every level of dancer and student, from community non-dancers and novices to advanced-level students.
The current outreach programs include Elisa Monte’s Creative Youth Program, taught in public schools throughout the United States students are helped by EMD company members to create their own movement phrases through short tutorials. Public Urban Outreach 2006- The Tag School, TAG students were treated to a private showing of the Company’s upcoming season and had a private Q&A session with the dancers after a Joyce performance. Elisa Monte’s Cultural Immersion, allowed students from all over Italy to work as company members for a month then culminated in a joint public performance of students and the Company. EMD’s latest project is the Junior Masters Program, which combines age-appropriate lessons in numerous dance techniques with hands-on tutorials in choreography and culminates in a final presentation by students of their student-created ensemble pieces.
Elisa Monte Dance’s educational and outreach programs offer youth the opportunity to learn with seasoned professionals and engage in a constructive creative outlet. Our unique curriculum not only serves as an educational tool, but also allows our teachers to act as positive role models for children, as well as provide life experience designed to instill poise, discipline, and self confidence. Elisa Monte Dance will be able to provide a medium in which youth work together through artistic means. Monte and company members perform various aspects of each residency activity. The vast and diverse cultural backgrounds and experience represented in the company offer students a unique and varied perspective on how differing styles and cultures can be beautifully blended to create a cohesive troupe and powerful performances.
Master Classes and Workshops
General Education Workshop