Elisa has over twenty-five years of experience as a professional dance artist, maker, performer, facilitator, director and lecturer.
She trained in Contemporary dance at Trinity Laban, London (Then Laban Centre for Movement and Dance) and has a Masters Degree in Sociology and Global Change from Manchester Metropolitan University.
In her time as a performer, Elisa toured nationally and internationally with companies such as Attic Dance Company, Trip Switch and Ludus Dance Company. She has also been commissioned independently as Choreographer / Dancer in the documentary ‘Josephine Baker: Americas First Black Super Star’ for BBC; a Bailey’s Irish Cream commercial Dance choreographed by Liam Steel and Rob Tanion and as part of the WW1 centenary year in 2014, she co-created ‘Battle Field Boy’ performed by 12 Degrees North Graduate dance company.
Over the past 15 years, Elisa has taught on Dance degree programmes in Higher Education including at Edge Hill University where she taught across all undergraduate subject areas including Contemporary dance techniques; Choreography; African Dance; Dance Analysis and Cultural Theory.
She is delighted to be engaged as a Mentor on the new MA in Dance Research for Professional Practitioners course at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary dance. She is also currently employed as an associate lecture at University of Salford and as a guest artist at University of Central Lancashire.
Her community-based teaching has been ongoing throughout her career and she has worked extensively with numerous local community dance groups and arts organisations. She currently teaches as part of the Dance for Parkinson’s Oop North team and for RetroSpective Elders dance performance group hosted by LPM Dance.
Elisa avidly supports the expansion of valuable inclusive dance opportunities for all people of all abilities, ages and backgrounds.