Janine Bryant, Senior Lecturer, University of Wolverhampton and IADMS Dance Educators’ Committee Member
Elsa is an outstanding educator, dance scientist and practitioner. Her work in the dance sector is wide-reaching and varied, as she chairs the IADMS Dance Educators’ Committee, sits on OneDanceUK’s Children and Young People Expert Panel, writes dance science curricula, and researches and gives talks, all on behalf of dance wellness and education. Whether she is leading a team or simply participating in a project, Elsa brings excellent soft skills, keen insight and a unique perspective. Elsa is a passionate, driven and caring leader in dance and dance science and an absolute joy to work with.
Helen Dawson, Producer (Performances and Events), DanceEast
Elsa is a pleasure to work with, she approaches projects with rigour, curiosity, creativity and thoughtfulness. She has a vast knowledge of the dance sector and has always been a great sounding board and provocateur to challenge my own thinking and offer insightful guidance and advice. With her broad portfolio of skills combined with her warmth and person-centred approach – Elsa is fantastic at seeing the bigger picture, joining the dots and nurturing people and projects.
Neville Campbell, Head of the Centre for Advanced Training, Dance City
Elsa is a highly knowledgeable dance educator who understands how to support teachers in developing their practice and gaining confidence in their own competency. The environment that she created whilst delivering CPD to our CAT team enabled everybody who took part to felt relaxed about considering areas of teaching practice that took them out of their comfort zones. Elsa’s approach is sensitive and positive and so all of the teachers and teaching assistants came away from the CPD feeling challenged, and excited about developing new methodologies within their own practice. I would highly recommend Elsa to anyone who is looking to expand their understanding of teaching dance and we are looking forward to having Elsa back to continue the excellent work that she has started with our CAT team.
Gemma Wright, Artistic Director, The Dance Network Association
I have worked with Elsa for quite a few years now and we have both changed roles and moved in various posts, but the two of us stay well connected. Elsa is really understanding of others’ needs, as both a sounding board, and researcher on projects. She goes above and beyond and is totally invested. In terms of working with us at the Dance Network, she engages deeply with our programmes and helps to drive creative thoughts into realistic goals. Elsa has written many reports for us on our health and wellbeing programmes and other areas which have been at the heart of our funding bids; they have been key in securing financial support. Elsa writes critically and without bias, which means we can identify what works and where problems have arisen. That helps the organisation to evidence our outcomes effectively, but also strengthen the delivery of our projects and I love that! Elsa, as a friend and a colleague, supports and picks up where my weaknesses lie, and is always empathetic and supportive. She goes out of her way to help overcome any obstacle and from the outside world no one would ever know. She is a genuinely lovely person and if we are not talking about research and statistics, we are discussing children, noisy animals and other areas of life.
Sophie Amstell, Programme Manager, Dance Up
Dance Up (formerly Hampshire Dance) engaged Elsa to work on the evaluation and research strand of our Big Lottery funded VitaliSE Step Change dance and health programme. We have been delighted with her contribution to this project – her work is thorough, thoughtful and rigorous. Not only that but she has provided exactly the right level of challenge and questionning to enable us to evaluate our own working practices. Perhaps most importantly, it has been really easy to communicate effectively with Elsa throughout the project; she has a great sense of humour which has made it a joy to work with her. We will certainly be engaging Elsa again and I can wholeheartedly recommend her work to other organisations.
Yanaëlle Thiran, Graduate, BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance, London Contemporary Dance School
As a student, I really appreciated having a teacher who shares motivation and interest in the subject matter as well as knowledge of it, and Elsa has this great quality. Throughout the Anatomy and Body Conditioning classes, she has not only expanded our understanding of the body, but also our curiosity, eagerness to learn and willingness to go beyond our physical and intellectual abilities. She is aware of the level of difficulty she sets, but her belief in the capacities of each of us is very encouraging. Elsa expects us to be fully committed to her class. Dedicated to her work, she is not only passionate about the subjects she teaches, but also about the art of teaching them. Building up from what we all know or get from specific readings, Elsa has the great skill of summarizing and using relevant images or concise diagrams to provide us with what we need to know. Each theme or issue is approached in a very particular way, and the quality of the method makes the content of her course even more valuable.
Lucy Blazheva, Freelance Dance Artist
I have had the opportunity to work with Elsa in a number of contexts, from teaching to management. Elsa continually whets the appetite of practitioners, students and artists; in further exploring and playing with the possibilities of dance, the arts and the ever growing knowledge which is obtained through dance science. Elsa is incredibly fun to work with, always drawing the best out of her students and colleagues, encouraging the individual to think and work outside of their comfort zone, creating an environment in which new discoveries can emerge, supporting the ‘thinking dancers’ and a learning environment for everyone involved. With Elsa, learning is for everyone involved, everyone’s role and viewpoint is important, we all learn together.
Catherine Clissett, Graduate, BA (Hons) Dance in the Community, University Campus Suffolk
Elsa has the ability to bring out the best in you as a student, allowing you to develop your academic ability and achieve to your highest potential. She is an extremely patient and empathic educator. Elsa is incredibly knowledgable, not only in her fields of interest but other areas of dance and related subjects, always striving to deepen her own understanding in order to assist her students. Elsa not only brings out the best in her students but also brought immeasurable amounts to the Dance in the Community course content at UCS, by moulding each aspect to create a sound undergraduate community dance degree, applicable to working in the sector. As the first cohort through the new Dance in the Community degree, Elsa always valued our input into present and future alterations to the course.
Meghan Harvey, Graduate, BA (Hons) Dance and Professional Practice, University of Bedfordshire
As I am now a dance teacher myself, I strive to be more like Elsa; always having time for my students, instilling confidence in them to achieve their potential and being passionate about dance in general. Elsa’s dedication to her students is evident in the way she supervised my dissertation. Memories of us brainstorming ideas remind me of how she was a fountain of knowledge for me, and conveyed this knowledge in a memorable and detailed way. She was thorough, honest and challenging in her marking and criticism, which I believe helped me immensely in gaining a very good grade. Elsa is a teacher who I admire, respect and will remember.