Chris Herzfeld wins Bronze Award

Posted on August 1st, by Elise May in Media. Comments Off on Chris Herzfeld wins Bronze Award

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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 McLean in mid-flight!



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

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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 and believable characters to their audiences.  Although our modern storytelling on stage stems from the classical ballet tradition, where stories are often portrayed through an astonishing display of set, lighting and costume, the narrative form has its roots in the dances of our ancestors as they told stories through movement as a way of passing important information from one generation to the next. Despite a move away from the narrative in the postmodern dance movements of the late 60’s and 70’s, dance theatre has continued to evolve in unique and often niché ways. This notion is ever-present in … Read More »



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

Posted on May 1st, by Elise May in Dance Education. Comments Off on Elise’s article: From Rehearsal to Performance Making the Shift

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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. In fact, performing can
 be one of the most grueling parts of being a dancer, but also one of the most 
rewarding.

The Rehearsal Process


Learning dance work for performance can be very different to taking a technique
 class or learning a sequence of movement. There are many things to consider
 depending on the performance circumstances and stylistic or thematic ideas behind
the work. 
When learning repertoire or set choreography a dancer will inevitably feel the
 importance of remaining true to the original material, not only in the accuracy of
the movement, but also in the movement quality. If you are learning … Read More »



Elise’s article: Duets & Partnering In Contemporary Dance

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

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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 quite daunting at first, but with an understanding of the foundations, partnering can be safe, exciting and rewarding, especially when performing for an audience. Known in classical ballet as a ‘Pas de Deux’ or “step of two” duets involve two dancers. They are most commonly danced by a male and female dancer, but are also frequently performed by two dancers of the same gender. Duets may contain supporting, weight baring, lifting or unison movements, and usually focus on the connections, spaces and relationships between two bodies in space. In the true sense of the word, a duet occurs when … Read More »



Review: Brisbane Stages Contemporary Talent

Posted on February 20th, by Elise May in Media. Comments Off on Review: Brisbane Stages Contemporary Talent

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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 had you breathless from start to finish”.  Belinda Adams

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Review: Soloists Keep It Short and Sweet

Posted on May 9th, by Elise May in Media. Comments Off on Review: Soloists Keep It Short and Sweet

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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 choreographic dexterity in a humorous, reflective peek at female behaviour and attitude. May’s own performance in Vanessa Mafe’s Clipped was mature and sophisticated, showing the breadth of skills that this young artist has developed.”  Shaaron Boughen

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

Posted on May 31st, by Elise May in Media. Comments Off on Review: Emotional journey is Natalie Weir’s forte, even if relentless in its intensity

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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 human relationships at its most poignant. May traverses the cliche of the young dancer acting the old woman through the maturity and subtlety of her performance. Her dancing is beautiful and intelligent and encapsulates Weir’s intentions perfectly.”  Shaaron Boughen

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