Elaine’s artistic expression often combines her passion for somatic practice with choreographic projects; an ongoing theme is the parallel between the human body and the natural world. Dance reviewer Linda Diamond wrote that Elaine is a “wizard of new dance forms,” in response to On the Nature of the Body, a 2012 gallery dance installation.
The transforming effects of movement have always guided her and led to the study of many forms of dance, the creation of original dance theater productions (Venus, 2009; The Field, 2004; Marsh Dreams, 2001; Fool’s Journey, 1999) and the study of various movement and bodywork practices. Elaine has an M.A. in dance from Columbia University (1982) and was certified as a massage therapist by the Muscular Therapy Institute (1988).
Emilie Conrad (Continuum Movement), Susan Harper (Continuum Montage), Judi Bachrach (who first introduced Elaine to Continuum), Lenore Latimer (Limon dance technique), Robert Ellis Dunn (choreography), Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (Body Mind Centering), Irene Dowd (functional anatomy). Clients and students as well as health challenges have served as primary teachers.