About Sing Jazz International
Sing Jazz International is a digital platform for jazz vocalists who teach or transition into teaching.
Our aim is to share the craft of jazz vocals with the local community in order to preserve vocal jazz as a genre and to bring those who love singing jazz together. We encourage Continuous Professional Development (CPD) amongst professional jazz vocalists via Teacher Training, skill exchange and teaching collaborations and offer support mechanism in one shared space which acts as a resource for growth, encouragement and training.
At the moment Sing Jazz International has six professional jazz vocalists on board from the UK, America, Turkey, Netherlands, Ukraine and Cyprus who are uniting together to bring you specialised jazz vocal workshops, courses and classes in a versatile approach, each bringing their unique skills and qualities to teaching projects.
About the Founder
Elena Dana is the founder and the main tutor for the Sing Jazz International digital platform.
Educated to a Masters Degree, Elena has been trained as a Music Educator at the British Academy of New Music, as a performing artist at the Kiev Performing Arts School and as a Cultural Manager at the City University, London, UK.
Travelling around the world and meeting many inspirational people along the way, Elena has acquired much influence from the world music genre. She has generously shared heart-felt lyrical compositions in her singing performances while touring around the UK, USA, South America, India and Europe between 2007-2010. Blending the jazz and gypsy music genres together, Elena has introduced a cinematic sound to her original songs, while interpreting jazz standards in an elegant forties style.
For the last seven years Elena has coached over a hundred of professional and aspiring singers via private sessions, group workshops and online classes. Working for others, Elena conducted vocal coaching sessions for the British Academy of New Music in London; facilitated a number of vocal training workshops for the internationally acclaimed producer Dash Arts at the Latitude Festival, at the Rich Mix Dacha Festival & the Midsummer Festival in London. Elena keenly led singing classes for youngsters across London performing arts schools such as Bodens, Theatretrain, Make Believe, Spotlight & Stagecoach; held singing workshops for the Arts Council's Johnston Sheard's Kunstraum project in London for all ages; hosted an audition for the ITV X-factor in Edinburgh; and co-produced and ran jazz singing courses for the City of Edinburgh Council adult education department.
Over the last seven years Elena has produced two pop up schools of vocals, one in London, one in Edinburgh and one in The Hague, consisting of over thirty individually devised workshops, masterclasses and courses featuring dozens of contemporary vocalists and musicians from the current music scene, with seven students' showcases to date. Prior to this Elena has organised and run regular open mics, gigs, and cross-arts showcases over a period of five years, in London UK, and worked as a performing vocalist for over ten years in a row.
From September 2019 Elena's vocal training project is documented and shared in a video format on Patreon for continuous self-guided training.
Read about Elena's individual vocal training work here.