Andrea Elam

category: Ballet, Dance,

Contact & Info

Website: http://www.synapsesdance.com

Phone: 914-393-5751

  • aelam@hotmail.com

Artist Statement

As an independent dancer/choreographer/teaching artist, I am deeply invested in making dance a part of the lives of our local residents, especially our underserved and at-risk .  I believe that every person should have the opportunity to view, create and perform dance, as it is a unique means of self-expression and community building.  Dance helps us connect to our bodies, to others around us and to other art forms such as music, visual art and literature.  It promotes analytical thinking, creativity and self-awareness, while also engendering appreciation and respect for other perspectives and cultures.  It builds bridges among diverse groups, and allows its practitioners to express both their individuality and their role as a member of a larger group.  It is also joyful and beautiful!

Educational Background

SUNY Empire State College, Maser of Arts in Liberal Studies, CUNY Hunter College, 1989  BA Dance, BS Clinical Nutrition, Swedish Institute, 1994   NYS Licensed Massage Therapist 92nd St. Y DEL Program       Certified Teaching Artist, completed workshops in teaching dance to special populations, people with disabilities, and disabled youth National Dance Education Organization:  Online Professional Development Institute - Completed Course in Applying the National Teaching Standards to Dance Education National Dance Education Organization - Training in Teaching Dance to Children with Special Needs, Disabilities and those on the Autistic Spectrum.

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