Elke is a Mover. A contemporary dancer and performer for over 20 years, her diverse movement background includes dance of many styles, floorwork, acrobatics, yoga, functional movement and martial arts. Her greatest influence is the Fighting Monkey Practice, a task-based, longevity-driven practice created by Jozef Frucek and Linda Kapetanea (RootlessRoot). A close student of Jozef and Linda, Elke is a recognized FM instructor. In addition, she owes much credit to her other main teachers for inspiration: David Zambrano (creator of Flying Low), Iñaki Azpillaga (Ultima Vez) and Peter Jasko (Les Slovaks).
Elke leads a practice that is fluid, strong, and creative. She encourages a sense of play, and her teachings provoke curiosity towards revealing our body’s intrinsic wisdom. Bringing knowledge from her dance and movement training, Elke is interested in everyone practicing individually/in community, and offering a practice that is both challenging and accessible to all.
A graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and the Octopus Garden Teachers Training and Mentorship programs, Elke has taught for myriad organizations such as Spirit Loft, Mosaic Yoga, L’Artère Danse (Québec), the University of Calgary, GMD Toronto, T.O. Love-in, Caveman Strong (Cornwall), Jane Clapp and YYoga (Brussels). She is an active creator and performer of contemporary dance and travels her work throughout Canada and abroad.