A Video a day… for 365 Days


365 Project – Alana is ready to return

Posted on May 25th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Alana is ready to perform again which is very exciting for her. She has worked tirelessly to get the swelling down and manage her injury to the point where she has been given the all-clear to perform again tonight. We …


365 Project – Chris Herzfeld photography

Posted on May 24th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Chris Herzfeld is an incredible dance photographer. A friend and collaborator Chis has an incredible eye for timing and is able to bring all of the technical aspects of photography together with the physicality of contemporary dance to really capture …


365 Project – QPAC Instagram take over

Posted on May 23rd, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Today we are taking over the QPAC instagram account, which means that we are posting content about Behind Closed Doors to the many followers of QPAC. This is a great opportunity for EDC to reach new audiences and show some …


365 Project – Prep for the new version

Posted on May 22nd, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Today we perform the second version of the show with two new understudies Cloudia and Tiana. The whole cast of Behind Closed Doors has been called in early to help to put the show back together again (technically there is …


365 Project – Cloudia is the second ‘maid’ character

Posted on May 21st, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Cloudia Elder (ex-dancer with EDC) has been brought in to understudy the rest of Alana’s role in Behind Closed Doors. Today we are teaching Cloudia some of the sections that we removed from the show last night. Going forward (at …


365 Project – 2ballerinas 10th Birthday

Posted on May 20th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Today is Sunday (our day off at EDC) but a very special day for 2Ballerinas. It’s their 10th Birthday Afternoon Tea celebration. My contemporary class has been working on a short performance piece.

My name is Elise May and I …


365 Project – Tiana replaces Alana onstage

Posted on May 19th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Unfortunately last night in the final scene of the show, Alana’s foot got stuck underneath the set piece as it was turning. She went to emergency at the hospital after the show and had x-rays and treatment, but unfortunately it …


365 Project – Opening night

Posted on May 18th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

With only a few hours to go before we opened the theatre doors tonight for opening night, we experienced problems with the set piece. The caster wheels that are responsible for moving the set were digging into the tarquet flooring …


365 Project – Technical rehearsal

Posted on May 17th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Technical rehearsals are always long and tedious, but they are the only way of thouroughly working through each scene to ensure that all of the technical elements are right.

My name is Elise May and I am a dancer and …


365 Project – Company Class

Posted on May 16th, by Elise May in Research. No Comments

Today’s company class in the QPAC rehearsal studio during our Behind Closed Doors season in the Playhouse Theatre.

My name is Elise May and I am a dancer and choreographer. I am a member of Expressions Dance Company. This year …


365 Project – Backstage Tour

Posted on May 15th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Here is a little video tour of backstage area at QPAC including dressing rooms, backstage, rehearsal studio and stage area.

My name is Elise May and I am a dancer and choreographer. I am a member of Expressions Dance Company. …


365 Project – Stage Door

Posted on May 14th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Today is the first day in the Playhouse Theatre at QPAC. This is where we will rehearse and prepare for the performances until we open the show on Friday.

My name is Elise May and I am a dancer and …


365 Project – Shoulder priming sequence

Posted on May 13th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

This simple exercise is really good for preparing the shoulders for a full range of movement. I like to practice this movement before moving into stronger weight baring movements resistance training and even before yoga.

My name is Elise May …


365 Project – Character development

Posted on May 12th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Throughout the week I took some video footage of some of the runs of our ‘Behind Closed Doors’ runs in the studio. My character is closely connected with Ben’s character. We have been working together on the finer details of …


365 Project – Supta buddha konasona

Posted on May 11th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

This video shows a supported restorative yoga pose called Supta Buddha Konasona which is great for opening the hips and the upper torso and is performed with props such as a bolster and blocks to support the weight of the …


365 Project – Studio showing

Posted on May 10th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Tonight we opened our studio to friends and supporters of EDC to view a private preview/ showing of Behind Closed Doors before we go into the theatre next week. It’s a great opportunity for us to open up to people …


365 Project – Air drumming

Posted on May 9th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

This video features an arm workout. It might not look like much, but when you practice this execise daily, you can really build up some muscular definition and endurance in the arms & shoulders. It’s also pretty fun drumming along …


365 Project – 9 Point Improv

Posted on May 8th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

This is a video of a short exercise that I like to practice that helps to fire up my brain, get me into a state of ‘flow’ and work towards eliminating self judgement whilst improvising. The 9 point improvisation task …


365 Project – Hill runs

Posted on May 7th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I was awake early this morning and went into the National Park to do some hill runs. This slow steady slope is great for interval training, which helps to build cardiovascular endurance and has many other benefits, the least of …


365 Project – Sunday motorcycle ride

Posted on May 6th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Today I had a ride on the back of a motorbike… And not just any motorbike! It was really exciting, as I have not had a ride on a motorbike for a long time.

My name is Elise May and …


365 Project – A walk along the river

Posted on May 5th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

It is Saturday and this afternoon I wanted to go for a long walk along the shores of the Brisbane river. I began at the top of the Kangaroo Point cliffs and walked to South Bank where I watched the …


365 Project – Floor work

Posted on May 4th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

As a teacher I regularly need to spend time devising new classwork material. Here is some floor work movement that I am currently working on to keep my class material up to date.

My name is Elise May and I …


365 Project – Notes

Posted on May 3rd, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

This afternoon we had a session of notes with our rehearsal director for ‘Behind Closed Doors’ Sally Wicks. She takes notes whilst we run the show and later makes suggestions and offers solutions to help improve the work and problems …


365 Project – Improvisation

Posted on May 2nd, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I set up the camera at lunchtime today and had a little play around with some movement. This small phrase of material might be useful either for some classwork or choreography.

My name is Elise May and I am a …


365 Project – Diagonal fascial planes

Posted on May 1st, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

This abdominal strengthening series is great for stability through the hip and lower back whilst still promoting length and soft movement (creasing) in the hips and through the limbs. It also challenges the lateral opposites of the body, increasing co-ordination …


365 Project – Sun & salty air

Posted on April 30th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Its a long weekend and its the third and final day of a short break at Sunshine Beach near Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. Its the last day of the long weekend so I’ve come to the beach early to …


365 Project – A really long walk

Posted on April 29th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Today I went for a really long walk along the headlands of the Noosa National Park. It was great to be able to get out into nature and make the most of the energy and beauty of the environment.

My …


365 Project – A little break

Posted on April 28th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Its a long weekend and I’m having a short break at Sunshine Beach near Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. The weather is absolutely beautiful and I’m not planning on doing much other than swims, walks on the beach and lots …


365 Project – Trichotomy

Posted on April 27th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Today was our first rehearsal with the incredible Jazz ensemble – Trichotomy. It was such an inspiring afternoon of rehearsals. They are so talented.

My name is Elise May and I am a dancer and choreographer. I am a member …


365 Project – Press Call

Posted on April 26th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

In the lead up to Behind Closed Doors we will take part in many press calls and interviews with journalists about the show. Today a photographer came into our studio to photograph the dancers.

My name is Elise May and …


365 Project – Xu YiMing

Posted on April 25th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Xu YiMing is a dancer and choreographer from Beijing. He is our guest artist for Behind Closed Doors and also created a solo for the male dancers in EDC for our Propel season. He is here in the studio with …


365 Project – Churchill Application

Posted on April 24th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I have wanted to apply for a Churchill fellowship for a little while. It is an opportunity to apply for money to travel overseas and research current best-practice across all sorts of fields of practice.

My name is Elise May …


365 Project – Teacher focus day

Posted on April 23rd, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Today is our teacher focus day. A couple of times a year we invite high school teachers from all over Queensland into our studios to work with our dancers and gain insight into our creative process. Today we are taking …


365 Project – Psoas release

Posted on April 22nd, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

With a lot of hip flexion the psoas muscle, which runs through the hip joint, can become tight and can cause problems for the function of lower back and abdominal region. I do regular releasing of the psoas (which I …


365 Project – Glute strength sequence

Posted on April 21st, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

This is a good little glute strengthening series. The different placement of the feet and angle of the legs will target different fibres or strands of the glutes; medial (internal) and lateral (external) muscle fibres.

My name is Elise May …


365 Project – Half moon variation

Posted on April 20th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

This is a short yoga sequence that I think is really useful for the kind of hip strength and stability that dancers require. It’s called ‘half moon variation’.

My name is Elise May and I am a dancer and choreographer. …


365 Project – Stabilising the supporting leg

Posted on April 19th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

This little exercise is great for strengthening and stabilising the supporting leg. Its quite improvisational in the sense that you don’t need to structure the movements too much, but the process of lowering and extending the weight into and away …


365 Project – Hip openning

Posted on April 18th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Hip health and hip flexibility is so important as a dancer. The demands are high on this part of the body, so I really like to spend time preparing the hips for the movement range that is required of them. …


365 Project – Afternoon improvisation

Posted on April 17th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I’m back to work today and wanting to capture some of the invigorating energy from my short holiday on the South Coast, so I decided to set up my camera and do a short improvisation this afternoon. I’ve used the …


365 Project – One last swim

Posted on April 16th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

It’s the last day of my Easter break. I have come to the lake’s entrance here at South Durras to have one last swim before I leave to go back to Brisbane this afternoon. The weather and the water is …


365 Project – Durras beach

Posted on April 15th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I am visiting my parents in Durras on the South Coast of NSW. The weather is beautiful and I have four days off of Easter. I am going to make the most of my time off by spending it in …


365 Project – Pilates in the sun

Posted on April 14th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Over the Easter break I will need to do some light conditioning in order to keep working on my core strength. This pilates sequence will help me to overcome the significant loss of strength in having four consecutive days off …


365 Project – Gesture portrait

Posted on April 13th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I have been working on this video. I have been experimenting with the use of gesture and the editing process to capture or create the illusion of the passing of time.

My name is Elise May and I am a …


365 Project – Set changes

Posted on April 12th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

There are many set changes in Behind Closed Doors. In between most sections of the work the new scene is revealed by a set revolve. With almost twenty set moves in between each scene, the challenge over the coming weeks …


365 Project – Upper body reformer resistance

Posted on April 11th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Many people associate reformers as apparatus for abdominal or leg resistance training. There is so much however that you can do for the upper body and torso/(trunk). High repetitions with low resistance creates long, lean muscle development and endurance.

My …


365 Project – Practicing handstands

Posted on April 10th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I’ve been practicing lots of repetitions of handstands in order to improve. Alignment is everything and so I’ve been playing with different methods of preparation with the legs to get just the right amount of momentum to draw the legs …


365 Project – Hamstring & lower glutes

Posted on April 9th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

This is a pilates exercise for the hamstring using the reformer. It’s really effective at isolating the hamstring and lower glutes. I use a low spring load and working up to higher resistance over time.

My name is Elise May …


365 Project – Outdoor Yoga

Posted on April 8th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Today is a beautiful autumn day. The heat of summer has finally dissipated and so I’m taking this opportunity to do some outdoor flowing yoga sequences.

My name is Elise May and I am a dancer and choreographer. I am …


365 Project – Rehearsals Behind Closed Doors

Posted on April 7th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Our rehearsals for Behind Closed Doors are well under way. Natalie has been individually working on sections for all of the different characters and on all of the various scenes. The studio is a buzz of activity as everyone is …


365 Project – Setting up the weights bench

Posted on April 6th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I bought this small weights bench because we didn’t have anything similar in the EDC studio. Ideally I would like for EDC to have something larger, but this will be good in the meantime to make a start on a …


365 Project – Standing reformer sequence

Posted on April 5th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I have been playing around with this standing reformer sequence. It’s great for the hip and knee alignment and outward rotation of the supporting leg.

My name is Elise May and I am a dancer and choreographer. I am a …


365 Project – Training timelapse

Posted on April 4th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

My session with Tony Lewis this morning was great. We did a really thorough whole body workout. This video is a timelapse video, (a series of images taken at regular intervals and joined together to create a composite image thst …


365 Project – Solo movement material

Posted on April 3rd, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Today I was playing around in the studio with movement material for my solo from ‘Behind Closed Foors’. Finding the right balance between a physical language and one that speaks of the emotional journey of the character is a constant …


365 Project – Qi Machine

Posted on April 2nd, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

This is a Qi machine. According to the eastern body of thought, the healthy maintenance of the body’s Qi or life force energy is responsible for health and well being. This little machine is designed to move the lower limbs …


365 Project – Writing as a tool

Posted on April 1st, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I quite often use writing as a tool to mentally process the thoughts and ideas that arise during the physical and creative parts of my practice. Creative or stream-of-consciousness writing is also a great tool for keeping the creative connections …


365 Project – Sensory/ environmental meditation

Posted on March 31st, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I am working to try to keep my daily meditation practice going. Today I have decided to practice my meditation outdoors, really allowing my senses to take in all of the small details in my environment. As I sit I …


365 Project – Glute strength/ squats

Posted on March 30th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I like to try to work on the movement exercises that my trainer Tony Lewis gives me in my own time each week. Here I am looking at firing up and activating the posterior chain of muscle groups (posterior meaning …


365 Project – Researching Grief & Loss

Posted on March 29th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Today work was cancelled due to an extreme weather event here in Brisbane. So I’m at home and I thought I would take this opportunity to do a little bit of research about the character that I am creating for …


365 Project – Diagonal planes (floor work)

Posted on March 28th, by Elise May in Research. No Comments

By understanding the way the diagonal planes work and how they are connected intrinsically to the movement of the spine, we are able to bring more clarity and effortlessness to our floor work exercises. Here I show a short drill …


365 Project – Building character images

Posted on March 27th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I have been given some task work in order to generate movement material for my character for Behind Closed Doors. By creating a series of images or vignettes of my character throughout the stages of her grieving process I …


365 Project – Reformer abdominal priming

Posted on March 26th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Earlier this week I posted a video with a pilates mat work abdominal priming sequence. This video incorporates the use of a reformer. Using a very similar sequence, this is a version which makes use ones own body weight (or …


365 Project – French Film Festival

Posted on March 25th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Last night Ben & Michelle from EDC performed at the opening of the French Film Festival in Brisbane. After the performance we stayed to watch the opening screening of La Danseuse ‘(The Dancer)’ It was a very inspiring fim.

My …


365 Project – QB’s Raw program

Posted on March 24th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Last night I went to see Queensland Ballet’s ‘Raw’ program. Consisting of three very different works the program was diverse, ranging from abstract to very theatrical. It was a pleasure to see the dancers perform ‘Ghost Dances’ by Christopher Bruce …


365 Project – Pilates priming sequence

Posted on March 23rd, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I use pilates as a tool to warm up/ prime my body for the demands of the day ahead. The following mat sequence is a great lower abdominal preparation and hip stabilising warm up sequence.

My name is Elise May …


365 Project – Afternoon rehearsal timelapse

Posted on March 22nd, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I set up my iphone and captured a time-lapse video of our rehearsal this afternoon. We are beginning to work on our individual movement material for our characters for our signature work Behind Closed Doors which will premiere on the …


365 Project – Set Design

Posted on March 21st, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

At Expressions Dance Company rehearsals begin as our new signature work by Natalie Weir is upon us! Today the set is being constructed in the studio, ready for us to begin to use as we create the work. Greg Clarke’s …


365 Project – Jumping technique

Posted on March 20th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Using the slow motion function on my video camera I have taken some footage of my lower legs mid action whilst jumping with the specific purpose of analysing the footage to improve my technique for jumping.

My name is Elise …


365 Project – A cloud obsession

Posted on March 19th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I will generally use yoga as a tool to warm up on prime my body (and mind) for a day of dance training, however occasionally I like to use it as a cool down and re-setting technique at the end …


365 Project – Yoga as the light fades

Posted on March 18th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I will generally use yoga as a tool to warm up on prime my body (and mind) for a day of dance training, however occasionally I like to use it as a cool down and re-setting technique at the end …


365 Project – Garden time

Posted on March 17th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I wanted to get out into the garden today but there was a really heavy downpour. In the late afternoon everything cleared enough for me to have a few minutes of relaxation.

My name is Elise May and I am …


365 Project – Dance & Technology Workshop

Posted on March 16th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

It features footage of the Dance & Technology workshop that I gave at Murrumba State High School yesterday. The students were so inquisitive, engaged and so fast to pick up the detail and intention of the movement and asked me …


365 Project – Digital Futures

Posted on March 15th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Today I went to the State Library of Queensland where there was an exhibit called ‘Digital Furtures’. There were various kinds of new technologies and artworks/ installations and interactive information booths that play with and learn more about. It’s given …


365 Project – Pilates reformer

Posted on March 14th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

In this short video I am focusing on the strength of ambominal region, glute strength and shoulder/ hip stability and mobility. I am using the plank position as my starting point and then lifting and returning the hips to a …


365 Project – Prep for Dance & Tech Workshop

Posted on March 13th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I have been asked to teach a Dance and Technology workshop at Murumba State High School. Last year I completed my Master of Arts (Research) and my creative work Shifting Lenses investigated the use of moving images and digital technology …


365 Project – GOMA and picnic

Posted on March 12th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

My parents are visiting (they have traveled from interstate to see the Propel performance) so today I have decided to take them to see GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art) in Brisbane. I’ve come away really inspired by all the artworks …


365 Project – Propel closing night

Posted on March 11th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Tonight is closing night of Propel! What a journey it has been…. As the curtains close on this experience, my video today acknowledges the dancers, their talent and trust in one another, and the incredible process that we have shared …


365 Project – Oh no my toe

Posted on March 10th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

As I was dancing I must have caught my foot in the join between the tarquet (dance flooring) on stage. When I came off-stage I had to deal with a bleeding foot and damaged toenail. Ouch! (warning – squeamish footage …


365 Project – Pre show stage time

Posted on March 9th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

For a limited time before the show begins the dancers can use the stage to go through any last minute changes or movements prior to the front-of-house staff opening the theatre entry doors for the audience.

My name is Elise …


365 Project – Pre show hair and make up

Posted on March 8th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Doing my hair and applying my make up before a show is an important step in my process of preparing myself before a show. It allows me to metaphorically put on my performance ‘mask’ and in the process prepare mentally …


365 Project – Video 66

Posted on March 7th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

What do you do on a day off? Why plant lettuces of course! I love gardening. It’s relaxing and I love getting my hands dirty.

My name is Elise May and I am a dancer and choreographer. I am a …


365 Project – Stretching out

Posted on March 6th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Whilst in performance seasons my muscles and joints can get really tight. The extra adrenalin in the system also tends to mask small niggles and areas of tightness and they often don’t show up until the following day. To counter …


365 Project – Reading a book

Posted on March 5th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

The whole journey of rehearsing and preparing for Propel has been a whirlwind! I have really hit the ground running in 2017…. Today I felt like reading a book! To many that might not seem like a novelty but it …


365 Project – Ice bath recovery

Posted on March 4th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Rest and recovery is really important in between shows. After adopting a technique involving ice baths (commonly used by athletes and sporting teams) at EDC I have decided to give it a go at home by filling my bath with …


365 Project – Opening night

Posted on March 3rd, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Tonight is the opening night of ‘Propel’!  I watched my piece from the wings because I was feeling a little nervous. Although the opening night nerves were high, there was a great energy in the theatre and the performance and …


365 Project – Foot roller

Posted on March 2nd, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Today I’m using my custom made gift – a foot roller that has two removable rods that contain frozen water. This is the perfect device for helping my feet to recover between performances.

My name is Elise May and I …


365 Project – Tech Rehearsal

Posted on March 1st, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Technical rehearsals are an opportunity for the dancers to try out all of the lighting states, get orientated in the lights and work on their spacing for the performance. Stepping through each state is a process that takes time, but …


365 Project – ‘Plotting’ in the theatre

Posted on February 28th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Today I’m in the theatre stepping through each of the lighting states and building a ‘look’ and ‘feel’ for each choreographic scene for my work for Propel. A technician has helped out by standing with the costume under the lights …


365 Project – Taking notes

Posted on February 27th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I’m following the process of taking notes for my choreography. Each time I watch my choreography I like to give the dancers my full focus and prefer not to be distracted by the proccess of taking notes. I’ve gotten into …


365 Project – Craving the beach

Posted on February 26th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

This week I had a really big rehearsal week and I woke up today (Sunday) and was craving the energy of the beach so I made a special treck down to the Gold Coast to go for a swim.

My …


365 Project – Supercell Workshop

Posted on February 25th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

This morning I taught a workshop as part of a series of masterclasses, workshops and talks associated with Supercell Dance Festival, Brisbane’s very first contemporary dance festival. I’m very excited that Expressions Dance Company is part of the Supercell Contemporary …


365 Project – Butterfly dance

Posted on February 24th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I was taking a walk this afternoon when I spotted this pair of butterflies hovering in the forest. I used the slow motion function to capture this amazing footage of them dancing around one another in flight.

My name is …


365 Project – Run through of choreography

Posted on February 23rd, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I took some more rehearsal footage of my piece for ‘Propel’ today. Each run as we get closer to the opening of the show is becoming clearer, more detailed and refined. Each time we have the oportunity to run the …


365 Project – Headstands

Posted on February 22nd, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

This morning I am practicing headstands. I like to practice them in two ways, firstly with the hands interlaced behind the head and secondly with the palms of the hands flat on the floor. Getting the weight of the hips …


365 Project – Working in costume

Posted on February 21st, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Today’s rehearsal has involved allowing the dancers some time in their costumes for my ‘Propel’ work. I really want them to feel comfortable and have a chance to test some of the grips and holds on the body to make …


365 Project – Proprioceptive feedback

Posted on February 20th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

When I move into performance in the theatre, my proprioception will shift due to the nature of performing in a dark space with artificical lighting. The first thing that I notice is that my sense of balance is effected and …


365 Project – Imagery for my choreography

Posted on February 19th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I am still in the process of deciding on the video content for my projections in my ‘Propel’ choreography. I have collected many images, but now after more conversations with Ben Hughes the lighting designer, we have decided to use …


365 Project – Inspiration from Nature

Posted on February 18th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

When I was on my morning walk I came past this magical spot where the rain water had gathered in a creek bed in a low lying gully area. I decided to sit for a while and just take in …


365 Project – BSHS Workshop

Posted on February 17th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

This afternoon I was invited to BSHS Brisbane State High School to give a guest talk and a choreography workshop. The vibe in the room was amazing!! I was so impressed with the creativity that flowed out of these students. …


365 Project – Legs up the Wall

Posted on February 16th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Its a long rehearsal day and after lunch I have decided to practice a yoga pose that I learned from my studies of Yoga with Nathan at Core Yoga Studios called ‘legs up the wall’. Its an opportunity to jump …


365 Project – Working with amy Hollingsworth

Posted on February 15th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

We are currently working with Amy Hollingsworth on her choreographic work for EDC’s ‘Propel’ season which opens on the 3rd of March at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art. I managed to capture this footage of Amy working on …


365 Project – Video 45

Posted on February 14th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

From time to time I like to check in with my posture and my body awareness. So often in dance training there is an emphasis on big dynamic movements and sometimes we forget that all movement comes from strong foundations. …


365 Project – Video 44

Posted on February 13th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Often in rehearsals if we are working with a choreographer and I am not directly involved (in the section of work that is being choreographed) there is time to continue aspects of my strength and/or resistance training. These are usually …


365 Project – Video 43

Posted on February 12th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I have come out early in the morning for a walk in the forest because the weather forecast for today is 38-40 degrees. Last week was an intensive period in the dance studio and I feel like coming out into …


365 Project – Video 42

Posted on February 11th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Tonight I attended the concert of Ludivico Einaudi, an italian pianist and composer at QPAC (Queensland Performing Arts Complex). The show was part of his 2017 Elements tour of Australia’s major cities. Not only was the music breath-taking, but I …


365 Project – Video 41

Posted on February 10th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I have taught at 2 Ballerinas for a little over a year now. I love the atmosphere at this ballet school, set up by directors Rosetta Cook and Michelle White (who were both incredible principal ballerinas of the Queenlsand Ballet. …


365 Project – Video 40

Posted on February 9th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments


Alana Sargent is not only an amazing dancer but is the costume designer for Propel. Today we are testing out a huge industrial fan in the studio. Our plan is that the fan, stationed off-stage will create a current of …


365 Project – Video 39

Posted on February 8th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

This week we have been working with choreographer Lisa Wilson to finalise the choreography for our upcoming Propel season in the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Art, opening on the 3rd of March.

My name is Elise May and I …


365 Project – Video 38

Posted on February 7th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I have come to the park this morning to use my TRX training system. A highly versatile system of resistance training using the inherent weight of one’s body – the TRX training exercises are really useful for developing strong, long, …


365 Project – Video 37

Posted on February 6th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

The wall of the rehearsal studio was bathed in light this afternoon. I set up my video camera and did a little improvisation using the wall. I have edited a small section of video, layering the imagery and finding an …


365 Project – Video 36

Posted on February 5th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I was looking at all the footage that I have collected on the 365 journey so far – there is such a wide variety of content. I’ve decided to edit some of that footage together for my video today

My …


365 Project – Video 35

Posted on February 4th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Its the weekend and EDC dancer Ben and I have gone to help our friend Jen to paint her farm house. It was an extremely beautiful afternoon and a reminder of the important things in life.

My name is Elise …


365 Project – Video 34

Posted on February 3rd, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments


 

Here is the outcome of our photo shoot a couple of weeks ago. Using my new photographic equipment I managed to capture still images as well as lots of beautiful slow motion imagery for use in the ‘Propel’ marketing …


365 Project – Video 33

Posted on February 2nd, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Fridays are special at EDC because we have a Yoga class delivered by ex-dancer Nathan from Core Yoga Studios. He gives us a class that provides us with the perfect balance between of preparation for the day of rehearsals ahead, …


365 Project – Video 32

Posted on February 1st, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

 

Today I asked EDC dancer Jake if he could help me with my technique for forward rolls. Jake is experienced at tumbling and is agile and acrobatic, so his advice is really spot on.  We got out the crash …


365 Project – Video 31

Posted on January 31st, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Today I finished my choreography for ‘Propel’. With still a couple of weeks until the opening night, the piece is in a really good place and the dancers are looking incredible.
My name is Elise May and I am a …


365 Project – Video 30

Posted on January 30th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Today we had a costume fitting for my piece for “Propel’ The talented Alana Sargent who is not only an incredible dancer, but an amazing costume designer has designed the costumes for all three choreographic works in this season. I …


365 Project – Video 29

Posted on January 29th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Today is Sunday. On my day off I spent a few hours in the kitchen preparing lots of delicious nutritious food, supplemented by herbs and veggies from my own garden. I read recently that food that the best ‘super foods’ …


365 Project – Video 28

Posted on January 28th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

In 2016 I completed my initial teacher training in the Australian Dance for Parkinson’s program.  My grandfather suffered from Parkinson’s Disease for many years which was one of the reasons that I was interested in getting involved with the program. …


365 Project – Video 27

Posted on January 27th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Over time I’ve developed a few ideas in the form of movement exercises to train my Right/Left brain neuromuscular pathways. Even though (it’s quite clear from my video) that I’m a terrible juggler, the action of practicing this highly co-coordinated …


365 Project – Video 26

Posted on January 26th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

My name is Elise May and I am a dancer with Expressions Dance Company. For my upcoming choreographic work for EDC’s PROPEL performance season in March, I would like to incorporate the use of video projection and/or video imagery. I’m


365 Project – Video 25

Posted on January 25th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments


My name is Elise May and I am a dancer with Expressions Dance Company. Today I begin the process of rehearsing and shaping my choreographic work for our PROPEL performance season in March. The dancers are working on remembering the …


365 Project – Video 24

Posted on January 24th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

My name is Elise May and I am a dancer with Expressions Dance Company. One of our first tasks for the year is to set up a Photoshoot for our PROPEL performance season in March. The IMA Gallery on Level


365 Project – Video 23

Posted on January 23rd, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

My name is Elise May and I am a dancer with Expressions Dance Company. Our beautiful dance studios are situated on level 4 of the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art in the Fortitude Valley overlooking Brisbane city.

This year …


365 Project – Video 22

Posted on January 22nd, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Today is Sunday and I have spent a beautiful afternoon relaxing in my garden in my new hammock. Just as it is important to work hard and be focused, the weekends are for enjoying other aspects of my life and …


365 Project – Video 21

Posted on January 21st, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

A quick 10 minute workout (on fast forward)…
This year I’ve decided to create my own experiment. I’m going to produce 1 video a day for 365 days…. So for 1 year – 1 video a day. I want to …


365 Project – Video 20

Posted on January 20th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Whilst on tour in China last year with EDC, my friend and fellow dancer Jag Popham & I decided to begin a short dance film project. Jag began composing the music and I started to play with the slow motion …


365 Project – Video 19

Posted on January 19th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I’m really inspired by this beautiful Vimeo creation: Pulse by Mike Oblinski https://vimeo.com/197854878. It’s so stunning (you should definitely take a look). I’m teaching at Expressions Dance Company’s BCDI (Brisbane Contemporary Dance Intensive) and we are running a Choreo Lab …


365 Project – Video 18

Posted on January 18th, by Elise May in Research. No Comments

A short video focusing on various inversions, put simply – upside down postures for the body. There has been some research suggesting that the benefits of inverting the body could have long term positive health impact if practiced regularly. In …


365 Project – Video 17

Posted on January 17th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I’ve been conscious that I would like to include some breathing techniques into my practice. Here a just a few basic ones that I’ve been experimenting with. They are particularly good in the afternoon as a little pick-me-up after lunch. …


365 Project – Video 16

Posted on January 16th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

After my foot and lower leg preparation for ballet series (video 15) my calves and feet are a little sore. A quick foot massage at the end of the day always helps my feet to feel as though they are …


365 Project – Video 15

Posted on January 15th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

A gentle preparation for the feet and lower leg. I like to do this before I attempt to do my first ballet class of the year. It reduces fatigue and muscle soreness or DOMS (delayed onset of muscle soreness) when …


365 Project – Video 14

Posted on January 14th, by Elise May in Research, Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I’m so excited to take my new VR (Virtual Reality) goggles out of their box… I bought them in China recently and I have been experimenting with the available online videos that have been created for ‘google cardboard’ and ‘oculus …


365 Project – Video 13

Posted on January 13th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

It was an really hot summer’s day today and so I waited until dusk to go outside to exercise. There is a hill a few streets away from my house that it is quite steep. I often use it do …


365 Project – Video 12

Posted on January 12th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I’m so incredibly sore today – 4th day back dancing/ teaching 8 hours a day and I have a serious case of DOMS! (Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness)… So I’ve stuck around to do a short but efficient cool down/


365 Project – Video 11

Posted on January 11th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I’ve been teaching a lot this week and at the end of the day today I felt that I needed my own personal time to move and release some pent up creative energy! So I set up my camera and


365 Project – Video 10

Posted on January 10th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

For my video today I wanted to introduce Tony Lewis, the amazing personal trainer (and ex-principal ballet dancer) who I have been working with over the last couple of years. His philosophy and approach to training dancers is not only


365 Project – Video 9

Posted on January 9th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I love teaching… I find it really rewarding, but quite often I feel like I’m thrown in the deep end and I find myself making lots of decisions in the midst of a workshop despite meticulous planning and preparation. I


365 Project – Video 8

Posted on January 8th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I’ve been traveling for about 3 weeks and one of things that I miss when I am traveling are my physio rollers. Rolling out my muscles and the fascia has become one of my main techniques for assisting recovery as …


365 Project – Video 7

Posted on January 7th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I’ve just returned to Brisbane, my fridge is empty and I’m about to start a big week as I return to training, so I’ve done a big groccery shop and I’m doing some cooking to get on top of my …


365 Project – Video 6

Posted on January 6th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

I’m preparing for Expressions Dance Company’s BCDI Brisbane Contemporary Dance Intensive in Brisbane next week. I was put in charge of creating the program this year and I think it will be a really exciting mixture of content from guest …


365 Project – Video 5

Posted on January 5th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

For my video today I want to talk a little bit about my experience of meditation and the benefits which I believe to be of use in providing a sense of clarity, focus and peacefulness for anyone wishing to improve …


365 Project – Video 4

Posted on January 4th, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

Today I am doing a little preparation for my choreography that I am creating for the EDC ‘Propel’ season in early March 2017. I am using this time to review rehearsal footage from our creative development period in 2016, piece …


365 Project – Video 3

Posted on January 3rd, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

With less than a week to go before I return to full-time training with Expressions Dance Company and begin working on our 2017 program, I’m taking some time to go through a little bit of gentle graduated preparation for my …


365 Project – Video 2

Posted on January 2nd, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

My name is Elise May. I’m a dancer and choreographer. I like to use multimedia and video in my dance work. I’ve decided to create my own experiment. I’m going to produce 1 video a day for 365 days…. So …


365 Project – Video 1

Posted on January 1st, by Elise May in Video Log - 365 Project. No Comments

My name is Elise May. I’m a dancer and choreographer. I like to use multimedia and video in my dance work. I’ve decided to create my own experiment. I’m going to produce 1 video a day for 365 days…. So …


Review – Which of your sins is the deadliest?

Posted on September 1st, by Elise May in Media. No Comments

masaniello progressivo per opzioni binarie Review – QT Entertainment  7 Deadly Sins
Review: Which Of Your Sins Is the Deadliest? by Rae Wilson
Expressions Dance Company 7 Deadly Sins August 2015
22 August 2015

“Jack Ziesing portraying gluttony and Elise May embodying lust proves a



Review – 7 Deadly Sins

Posted on September 1st, by Elise May in Media. No Comments

http://www.physioconcept-nussloch.de/oh/46/nachrichten-fr-binre-optionen.html nachrichten für binäre optionen Review – Seven Deadly Sins by Natalie Weir

Review by Ruth Ridgeway – XS Entertainment
“7 Deadly Sins” QPAC 2015
24 August 2015

In this scene, May seems to represent Love, rather than the coldly seductive Lust she portrays earlier …



Dance Australia – 7 Deadly Sins

Posted on August 31st, by Elise May in Media. No Comments

cos è il trading di opzioni binarie Review – Dance Australia – 7 Deadly Sins
Reviewed by Denise Richardson, QPAC August 2015
25 August 2015

“Elise May was mesmerising as Lust – wheeled onto centre stage, standing sarcophagus-like in her box, and swathed in a gold, she



En Solitaire – (Solo)

Posted on February 12th, by Elise May in Dance Education, Research. No Comments

strategia opzioni binarie oraria An experimental study of solo movement inspired by http://www.pumpezabeton.com/bj/27/opzioni-binarie-si-guadagna.html opzioni binarie si guadagna Norman McLaren’s Pas de Deux (1968)

En Solitaire is a creative work that has been created in response to a film that is considered by many to be a masterpiece of early …



Animation & Dance

Posted on February 8th, by Elise May in Dance Education, Research. No Comments


Motion Capture

Posted on January 12th, by Elise May in Research. No Comments



Master of Arts Research

Posted on November 18th, by Elise May in Research. No Comments

http://www.converoo.com/be/8/140.html opzioni binarie scommesse Research Areas of Interest

- Interdisciplinary collaboration
- Dance and animation shared languages and collaborative framework
- The body as site of narrative potential
- How cinematic/digital media handling techniques can be translated and transposed onto the body
- Performative …



Complexity of Practice

Posted on November 18th, by Elise May in Research. No Comments

Practice-led Research

To view the overarching context of this research, here is a quick snapshot of the many roles of which I have developed throughout my career as a dance artist:

Dancer / Performer / Soloist
Choreographer / Collaborator
Video …



The Intersection Point

Posted on November 18th, by Elise May in Research. No Comments

I am also interested in methods of creation and documentation such as “re-working”, working with a series based approach, or “re-versioning”, a term used to describe a process whereby digital information may be copied from one platform to another without …



Review – Carmen Sweet

Posted on November 4th, by Elise May in Media. No Comments

Review – Natalie Weir’s Carmen Sweet
Review by Xanthe Crowd – XS Entertainment
“Carmen Sweet” QPAC 2013
1 November 2013

“Elise May is the Cate Blanchett of Australia’s contemporary dance scene”.
“…Elise May is something else, drawing all eyes, regardless



Dance Australia Review – Carmen Sweet

Posted on November 4th, by Elise May in Media. No Comments

Review – Natalie Weir’s Carmen Sweet
Review by Denise Richardson – Dance Australia
“Carmen Sweet” QPAC 2013
4 November 2013

“May is a wonderfully expressive dancer, able to embody both the fragile, as well as the strong and dominating. Physically



Dance & Theatre – It takes two to tango…

Posted on November 1st, by Elise May in Dance Education, Media. No Comments

Elise May writes about the contemporary dance genre known as ‘Dance Theatre’, which she describes as a kind of liaison between dance movement and theatrical ideas. She also shares her insight about the challenges of playing the fiery, passionate character



Review – ‘Kissed By Collisions of Context’

Posted on September 9th, by Elise May in Media. No Comments

Review – Kissed By Collisions of Context
Review by Shaaron Boughen – The Australian
‘When Time Stops’ QPAC 2013
9 September 2012

“Elise May’s exquisite hovering between life and death in the “cardiac duet” demonstrated this mature artist’s striking and



The Emerging Choreographer – How to Kick-start your Chorographic Career

Posted on July 3rd, by Elise May in Dance Education, Media. No Comments

Australia’s dance industry boasts a number of very talented choreographers whose international reputation rate highly amongst the best dance makers in the world. The choreographer’s passion to communicate ideas and stories, coupled with the desire to use movement as a …



Elise’s article: ‘Dance Smarts’ How To Develop A Dance Intelligence

Posted on March 11th, by Elise May in Dance Education. No Comments

Learning dance requires a very unique skill set, a very specific and unique talent. But have we stopped to think about the nature and source of this body intelligence? What cognitive functions and processes are we using to develop our …



Elise May: Australia’s ‘Outstanding Female Dancer’

Posted on October 31st, by Elise May in Media. No Comments

Dance Informa Interview

with Kristy Johnson
Australian Dance Awards 2012
31 October 2012

“I felt, and still feel, very overwhelmed. The ceremony was such a celebration of dance and I was surrounded by so many talented people. I quickly realised



News Article: Dancers seize the moment

Posted on September 3rd, by Elise May in Media. No Comments

The West Australian
News Article with Stephen Bevis
Australian Dance Awards 2012
3 September 2012

“Expressions dancer Elise May received the best female dancer prize for her performance in R&J, which was described as a brave and memorable showcase of



Elise’s article: To Dance or Not to Dance, That is the Question – Choosing a Career In Dance

Posted on September 1st, by Elise May in Dance Education. No Comments

 

When it comes to deciding whether or not to pursue a career in dance there are a lot of considerations. For many, the idea of not continuing dance beyond the immediately conceivable future is a daunting thought. The experience …



Review: Expressions Dance Company ‘Where The Heart Is’

Posted on August 16th, by Elise May in Media. No Comments

Review ‘Where The Heart Is’
Review by Denise Richardson
‘Where The Heart Is’ QPAC 2012
16 August 2012

Elise May, as the Grandmother, again gives a restrained, beautifully nuanced performance, encapsulating both wisdom and physical frailty of age. Denise Richardson…



Review: ‘Where The Heart Is’

Posted on August 15th, by Elise May in Media. No Comments

Aussie Theatre
Review by Bobbi-Lea Dionysius
Expressions Dance Company ‘Where The Heart Is’ 2010
15 August 2012

“The cast members each embodied their characters of the young man’s relatives and past loves, with a highlight being the grand-mother played by



Chris Herzfeld wins Bronze Award

Posted on August 1st, by Elise May in Media. No Comments

Photographer Chris Herzfeld Camlight Productions
wins Bronze Award in the People and Portrait Category
International Loupe Awards 2012

Congratulations to Chris Herzfeld who was recently awarded the Bronze Award for his amazing shot featuring EDC dancers Elise May & Riannon …



Elise’s Article: Dancing the Character Finding and Developing Characters Through Movement in Natalie Weir’s ‘Where The Heart Is’

Posted on July 1st, by Elise May in Dance Education. No Comments


Narrative dance works have the potential to communicate ideas, stories and emotions that can bring audiences to new understandings of the human condition and our relationships with others.  For many years, choreographers and dancers have worked to bring specific, stylised



Elise’s article: From Rehearsal to Performance Making the Shift

Posted on May 1st, by Elise May in Dance Education. No Comments

Shifting all your hard work in the studio into the realm of performance can be quite a daunting task. Just like switching on the ignition and shifting up a gear, performances require an extra level of focus, commitment and stamina. …



Elise’s article: Duets & Partnering In Contemporary Dance

Posted on March 1st, by Elise May in Dance Education. 1 Comment

It can be an interesting learning curve when dancers who are used to dancing in group situations or as soloists suddenly get thrown in the deep end with partner work. Working with a choreographer to create a duet can be



Review: Brisbane Stages Contemporary Talent

Posted on February 20th, by Elise May in Media. No Comments

Dance Informa
Review by Belinda Adams
Expressions Dance Company Launch Pad 2012
20 February 2012

“Elise is a striking dancer with a clear talent and skill for this demanding art form. This was an edge of your seat piece that



Review: Soloists Keep It Short and Sweet

Posted on May 9th, by Elise May in Media. No Comments

The Australian
Review by Shaaron Boughen
Expressions Dance Company Solo Festival of Dance 2011
9 May 2011

“…and the surprise from EDC ranks is Samantha Mitchell’s interpretation of Elise May’s The Woman With Two Smiles. Mitchell’s performance blossomed with May’s



Review: Emotional journey is Natalie Weir’s forte, even if relentless in its intensity

Posted on May 31st, by Elise May in Media. No Comments

The Australian
Review by Shaaron Boughen
Expressions Dance Company ‘Where The Heart Is’ 2010
31 May 2010

“But it is in Elise May’s performance as the grandmother that we see Weir’s coupling of dramatic power and focus on investigation into