Elisa Monte Dance is a very flexible company. We are able to work with institutions of varying student levels and financial restrictions. Elisa Monte Dance will be able to create a unique residency experience customized to your school's population either through the activities mentioned here or through our many add-on activities such as single master classes, lecture/demonstrations, or open rehearsals which the company refers to a sneak-a-peak performance, as well as full performances.
- Master Class Workshop
- Repertory Workshop
- Stability & Dexterity Classes for Athletes
- Choreography Workshop
- Customize Your Residency
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, 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.
Elisa Monte Dance employs a comprehensive approach to its activities, utilizing a broad range of skills and techniques from Pilates and a Pilates-based warm-up and work-out to a focused ballet barre; from Graham-informed floor work (Monte is a former Martha Graham principal dancer) to yoga (Monte is also a seasoned Hatha yoga practitioner and teacher). Components of residency activities can include a range of ballet, modern/contemporary, and repertory classes at various levels, depending on the ability of the students involved.
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.