Elena is the founder of the Sing Jazz International and the main Vocal Coach for the Jazz Singer Platform. Elena specialises in the Jazz Voice Technique and Classical Jazz Stylistics. Currently teaching online only, Elena provides singing lessons to the students of all levels in English and Russian.
Elena Dana is a music educator, who specialises in the Classical Jazz Singing Technique. Skilfully breaking down Bel Canto, Speech Level and Estill Voice Training methods into comprehensive components, Elena creates tailor-made sessions, which are fun and easy to follow. Working with piano, guitar or backing tracks, Elena designs every lesson around student's learning goals, abilities and their preferred singing material.
To enhance student's learning experience, each session is followed up with a written theoretical outline, a personalised vocal training programme, an audio or video recording from the class and a list of suggested external resources for systematic training. The aim of these sessions is to keep vocalist's voice in healthy condition while developing their singing ability to its full potential!
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. 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.
During the last seven years, Elena has also produced four pop up schools of vocals: two 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. As a youngster Elena has won many awards from singing competitions such as Morning Star, Starfall, Fortuna, and Chervona Ruta and was a regular guest at many local concerts and festivals from the age of five.
From September 2019 Elena's vocal training project is documented and shared in a video format on Patreon for continuous self-guided training, and some of this content can also be found on a newly introduced Members Zone to which everyone is welcome to learn and to be inspired from!