Making great things happen…
Elise is an experienced arts professional with a unique skill set encompassing over 15 years producing and management experience and 10 years practical delivery expertise as a dance artist and community worker. She works with independent artists, NPOs and large organisations to make great dance happen and loves to maintain a presence on the ground in community settings. Elise specializes in dance but also works across other art forms, particularly in her work in community arts engagement.
Elise’s interests include: participatory work, broadening audiences, the function art can play in society, and working with those from non-traditional dance backgrounds. Clear and honest communication is central to Elise’s work, as is creating supportive, respectful and transparent working environments for staff and clients at all levels.
Outreach/Education programme development
Producer, CoDa Dance Company (2017-ongoing)
Elise is working with AD Nikki Watson to develop an ambitious and innovative arts in health project, involving performance in hospital settings, participatory dance delivered as physical therapy for people with neurological disabilities and academic research into the impact of this dance activity.
Elise co-wrote a successful under £15k Grant for the Arts application with CoDa for research of a new work and subsequently supported the delivery of 4 research residencies involving 7 dance, projection and sound artists. Elise will evaluate the process and CoDa’s participation activity as well as supporting the continuing project with funding, logistics and evaluation across 2019.
Project Manager, Clearcut (2018-ongoing)
Marketing Manager, Gravity & Levity (2017-ongoing)
Gravity & Levity are a well-established a project-based aerial dance company specialising in professional development, sector development and creating aerial dance theatre productions since 2003, operating under the Artistic Direction of Lindsey Butcher.
Elise’s role involves: creating marketing strategies, delivering marketing activity, writing newsletters and e-mailouts, creating social media content, and acting as a guinea pig aerial student for teacher training courses as necessary.
Project Manager, Rhiannon Faith (2018-2019)
Elise has worked with Rhiannon Faith in a community engagement capacity, developing local partnership relationships, engaging adults in recovery from addiction in creative workshops as research for new work Drowntown, and supporting in person in workshops.
Evaluator & Project Manager, South East Dance 2018
As Evaluator Elise delivered a Year 1 Evaluation Report on The Welcome Project activity, based on focus groups with partner organisations, to evaluate recent delivery and establish needs and desires for future partnerships. As Project Manager (cover) Elise has supported Antonia Grove in delivering 8 creative sessions at BUCFP and will manage 4 events and a team of volunteers during the Our City Dances Festival.
Producer, Tilted Productions (2017-2018)
Initially joining the company as their Marketing Manager, Elise moved into Producing Tilted Productions, a dance theatre company rooted in the world of contemporary dance, inspired by social, environmental and political observations and led by Artistic Director and choreographer Maresa von Stockert.
This is a varied role involving elements of: general management, tour booking and management, writing and negotiating contracts, music licensing, education co-ordination, workshop facilitation, digital marketing (strategy, content creation & delivery), evaluation report writing, data collection (digital, audience and participant), website editing using WordPress.
Marketing Consultant, Evolution Arts (2017)
Elise worked with Evolution Arts to create a new marketing strategy for their workshop and course offerings across over 11 art forms, as well as advising on workflow processes, content creation and data capture.
Company Administrator, Vincent Dance Theatre (2015-17)
This full and varied role was part of a small team at Vincent Dance Theatre, a well-established feminist dance theatre company that have been making work for over 20 years. The role involved elements of: general management, education co-ordination, project management, office management, workshop facilitation, archiving, social media marketing, IT support, evaluation report writing, data collection (digital, audience and participant), website editing using WordPress, staff training and child performer employment licensing.
Elise introduced 9 community and dance groups to the company (all of whom participated in outreach work, some more than once) and engaged 2 secondary schools and colleges – building long-term relationships from first contact through to delivery.
Producer, The Hiccup Project (2016)
Elise supported The Hiccup Project, an emerging dance and physical theatre company, as producer for a short contract in connection to a South East Dance fund. Support was in the form of: drafting and proof reading applications, administrating the creation of a new work for Brighton Fringe 2016 and a short national tour, budgeting for Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016, planning a successful Kickstarter campaign, writing press releases, etc. As a new company, Elise also established frameworks, processes and templates, including technical riders and newsletter templates.
Producer Development Scheme, South East Dance (2015-16)
Elise was selected to participate in South East Dance’s first Producer Development Scheme over 9 months, meeting with staff from South East Dance and industry professionals, including Lou Cope, Antonia Grove, Rosemary Lee, Sarah Trist, Denise Perry (Arts Council England), Charlotte Spencer & Arts Admin. Sessions involved discussing producing skills, the contemporary dance sector at large, consolidating skills, learning trade secrets and gaining advice from seasoned professionals.
Marketing Manager, Masha Gurina (2015)
Writing and delivering a digital communications plan, disseminating press releases and liaising with press and potential workshop schools all in support of new work, In Memorium.
Event Manager & Founding Member, Brighton Dance Network (2013-15)
Recognising a lack in dance opportunities for recently graduated and early career dance artists and professionals in Brighton, Elise was heavily involved in setting up Brighton Dance Network. She led on managing and developing a series of regular Scratch Nights hosted at Brighton Dome‘s studio theatre, offering local artists a platform to develop and showcase work to members of the public and industry professionals. Elise also worked strategically with a small team of volunteer committee members to develop the network and grow its provision, reach and networks.
Trainee Producer, Stopgap Dance Company (2014-15)
This was a developmental role involving administrating the UK tour of Stopgap Dance Company’s emerging artist company (Sg2), writing evaluation reports, writing informal contracts, Photoshop artwork editing & printing, co-ordinating audio description and BSL interpretation for live shows, creating an easy read brochure, administrating and delivering the iF (integrated fringe) Platform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015.
Co-Producer, Dancing Statistics (2012-13)
Dancing Statistics are an innovative set of films that use dance to teach statistics to degree-level Psychology students. The project was conceived by statistics lecturer, Lucy Irving, who wanted to make her statistics seminars more engaging and less daunting. The project was in collaboration with psychology statistician guru, Andy Field, dance artist, Masha Gurina, and filmmaker, Kyle Stevenson. The films have recently reached 190,000 views – Go Team!
Elise was involved in the development of the project from concept to delivery, including: project management, marketing strategy, fundraising, managing budgets, scheduling, general logistics, recruitment, writing press releases and social media marketing.
Dance Leadership Development Programme, Sadler’s Wells (2013)
Lead by Hakeem Onibudo, British Council Ambassador, “Artist Bank Leadership Enterprise” (ABLE) was a development programme for emerging leaders of the dance industry, those actively pushing for change in the industry through collaboration, innovation and good work ethic. Seminars were delivered by dance industry experts, including Arts Council England, Sadler’s Wells, The Place, British Council and freelance artists.
Project Team, Most Mira (2010-12)
Elise was involved in planning and delivering three Most Mira Festivals, which aimed to promote social cohesion in Northern Bosnian communities where children of different ethnicities were segregated at school. The festivals offered a week of workshops in dance, forum theatre, arts and crafts, journalism, photography, and circus skills to over 500 children and young people of any ethnicity. Elise was part of the project management and delivery team that developed the festival and charity, recruited and trained volunteers, planned and delivered recruitment workshops.
Elise also delivered Non-Violent Communication training for staff and volunteers, as well as delivering dance workshops during all three festivals.