Elena played a number of shows over the last fifteen years, including the Latitude Festival in 2016, 2015 & 2014 for the Dash Arts Producers of the World Music, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for Lach Antihoot in 2010, the Antifolk Festival in New York in 2008, in Goa India, Bonito Brazil and lovely San Francisco in 2007-2008. She toured around the UK and played in Oxford, Cambridge & Peterborough. Since 2007 Elena played at a number of London music venues including Union Chapel in Islington, Monto Water Rats in Camden, Rich Mix in Shoreditch, Charlie Wrights, Underbelly & Roadtrip in Hoxton, Ronnie Scott's in Soho, Spice of Life in Cambridge Circle, Arts Club in Notting Hill, Hootananny in Brixton, Betsey Trotwood in Clerkenwell, Queens Head in Angel and many more, working restlessly with unique London arts platforms and promoters. Elena had residencies at the Zenith Bar in Angel, George, and Vulture in Hoxton, Urban Bar in Whitechapel, and Mari Vanna in Knightsbridge. Elena continues to be a vibrant part of local community by sharing her knowledge on the craft of vocals in the city where she lives.

Jazz Vocals Masterclass with Elena

         by Carly Florentine

          31 Oct 2016

Yesterday I decided to visit the jazz vocals masterclass led by vocal coach Elena Dana and pianist Adam Bridges, hosted at the celebrated Premises Studios in Hackney, with a visiting tutor, a highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Norma Jean Martine.

I was curious because I wanted to explore new singing styles, am interested in jazz, and the line up of artists seemed intriguing. Not surprisingly, I found the class a really enjoyable and educational experience. We learnt the importance of warm-up exercises, and I noticed immediate results on the strength of my range and quality of the sound!

The atmosphere was warm and I felt really encouraged to experiment and give it my best. The work we did on how to lose yourself in a performance was brilliant for me as someone who deals with subtle levels of stage discomfort.

I also loved the songs we practised, two of my old-time favourites, "I'm Putting all My Eggs in One Basket" and "I'm Feeling Good". The intimate class size was perfect for individual feedback, and everyone got to know each other.

It was incredible to be able to sing with professional accompaniment and I thought the tips about stage presence and the music industry from professional musicians were fascinating too!

Elena's experience in vocal tuition was evident in her patience and charisma as a teacher and her exceptional singing ability was a truly motivating testament to the value of training.

If you have any interest in singing or just fancy trying something new and having fun then I would thoroughly recommend you go to this!

Testimonials from students

"This workshop made me understand how blocked I was before, it really balanced not only my voice - but also my soul." Dancer

"A good friendly Masterclass with an excellent visiting singer/songwriter with a fab voice. Very comprehensive teaching with good follow up too!" Writer

"I've never been in the recording studio before and the novelty of it and the prestige of the Premises studios was really in the air! It was a treat to practice there, and to see the demonstration of vocals that nearly took the roof off!" Singer

Photo credits Alizée Ochoa, London 2015

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