What are the elements that inspire us to dance? This short film highlights the incredible passion and drive of young dancers and how the elements of Earth, Air, Water, and Fire help to shape their movement and inform their artistry. Featuring students of the Elements Ballet One-Day FIRE Workshop, June 16, 2019 at Extensions Dance Center. To join Elements and take your dancing to the next level this summer at The Fifth Element Summer Intensive, visit https://www.elementsballet.org/the-fifth-element-summer-intensive. Space is still available - register today! Filmed and Edited by Andrew Palmer and Jordan Selander of Stick Figure Bob Productions. Music by ALEXA GRÆ. Creative Direction and Choreography by Joseph Caruana and Mike Gosney. Creative Assistant Tiffany McCord. Photographer Topher Alexander. Text by Megan Walsh. Dancers Sophia Bellagamba, Morgon Crowson, Hannah Doane, Sara Fox, Reese Heyse, Journie Kalous, Gavin Lee, Gianna Pascente, Rochelle Polyakov, and Corrine Schultz. Special thanks to Extensions Dance Company, Jagged Edge Dance Academy, and On Your Toes Academy of Dance. Copyright 2019.

 

 
Sketching Life looks at the process of developing something into a finished work, specifically here in a rehearsal of Elements Ballet’s Artistic Director Mike Gosney’s final work for longtime company dancer Megan Walsh. As Gosney prepares his last ballet featuring Walsh, these intimate moments between choreographer and muse are captured not only on camera by filmmaker Brian VandenBos but (with help from a group of local sketch artists) also on paper. Created by: Mike Gosney and Brian VandenBos Cast: Ivan Bruns-Trukhin, Lydia Carpenter, Tiffany McCord, Dani McGowan, Emmanuel Ramirez, Brennen Renteria, Skyler Sward, and Megan Walsh, with sketch artists Natalia Dadasheva, Rodney Dallah, Mary Jo Ernst, Xana Jazmin Juarez, Eric W. Marsten, Adrian Navarro, and Shruti Vijay World Premiere April 19, 2018 at Elements and Chill, Chicago, IL. Produced by Elements Ballet and Brian VandenBos. Copyright 2018. All rights reserved.
 

 
When the desires of three aspiring performers go unmet, each must decide what they are willing to sacrifice for their craft. Film by Joseph Caruana, Andrew Palmer, and Jordan Selander. Music by Joseph Haydn, musical performance by ALEXA GRÆ. Starring ALEXA GRÆ, Tiffany McCord, and Chantal' Ashanté Hill.
 

 
The leader of Atlantis' army is more powerful and fearsome than ever before. Film by Rebecca Montalvo. Choreography by Victoria Vargas. Music by Vangelis. Dancers: Tiffany McCord, Skyler Sward, Dani McGowan Costumes by MJ Ernst and Meriem Bahri. Copyright 2018 Elements Ballet.
 

 

Elements Ballet's "In the Garden of Atlantis," An Evening of Fashion and Fantasy, Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Hairpin Arts Center, Chicago, IL. Starring the dancers of Elements Ballet in fashion designs by (in order of appearance) Amara Black, MJ Ernst Couture, and Sky Cubabcub/Rebirth Garments. Featuring artwork by Chloe Feldman Emison and photography by Topher Alexander plus appearances by performing artist ALEXA GRAE. Choreography includes dancer improvisation as well as excerpts from "Atlantis (work-in-progress)" by Mike Gosney, Joseph Caruana, Callie Croom and Tiffany McCord. Lighting by Joshua Paul Weckesser of Bread and Roses Productions. Dancers Lydia Carpenter, Hannah Duncan, April Falcon, Tiffany McCord, Dani McGowan, Emmanuel Ramirez, Brennen Renteria, Skyler Sward, Liz Stillerman, and Megan Walsh. Photo stylist MJ Ernst and make-up designer Erin Hughey. Live performance make-up design by MJ Ernst, Sky Cubabcub, and Amara Black. Videography by Jordan Selander. Video editing by Joseph Caruana. Music: "No Roots" by Singo ft. Kim Greene.

 

 
A priestess receives a prophecy that reveals dark secrets about the fate of the city of Atlantis. Choreography by Mike Gosney and Joseph Caruana. Film by Lonnie Iske. Music by Vangelis. Dancers Ivan Bruns-Trukhin, Evan Lindsay, Tiffany McCord, Dani McGowan, Brennen Renteria, and Skyler Sward. Copyright 2018 Elements Ballet.
 

 
The Circle is a short narrative film by Anna Long and Alexander Perez that follows five individuals who, through coming together, become entangled in a mysterious ritual that appears to awaken a sinister force between them. (Note: The Circle includes some frightening imagery) Choreography: Anna Long Filmography: Alexander Perez Dancers: Daniel Chenoweth, Tiffany McCord, Dani McGowan, Brennen Renteria, and Megan Walsh Produced by Elements Ballet, Anna Long, and Alexander Perez. Copyright 2018 Elements Ballet. All rights reserved.
 

 

Barbara Toes by Callie Croom (choreographer) & Anna Castelaz (filmmaker)

Choreographer Callie Croom tends to obsess over details, and this piece is no exception. Through filmmaker Anna Castelaz’s lens, the intricacies of Croom’s work are magnified, dissected, and brought in and out of focus, showcasing the technical execution of the dancers while finding personality and contrast in their movement.

Dancers: Lydia Carpenter, Tiffany McCord, Dani McGowan, Emmanuel Ramirez, and Skyler Sward

Produced by Elements Ballet for Elements and Chill, April 19, 2018, at WeWork Kinzie.

 

 
Montage from Threepieces, May 2017 at the Studebaker Theater, Chicago, IL, featuring Zodiac by Mike Gosney, The Misfortunate Beauty of Joe Danek by James Gregg, and The River by Joseph Caruana.
 

 

Elements Ballet's 10th Anniversary Concert, presented Sunday, November 20, 2016 at the Studebaker Theater in downtown Chicago, featuring Mike Gosney's "Pathos" and Joseph Caruana's "The Sun King". Video by Jordan Selander.

 

 

AYA, An Aerial Ballet, with Aerial Dance Chicago. Choreography by Mike Gosney, Joseph Caruana, Chloe Jensen, and Karen Fisher Doyle. Presented Saturdays, October 10 and 17, 2015 at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre. Video by Jordan Selander.

 

 

The dancers and creative teams of Aerial Dance Chicago and Elements Contemporary Ballet on the making of AYA, An Aerial Ballet. Video Directed by Jordan Selander, edited by Yusef Baig, copyright 2015 Elements Contemporary Ballet and Aerial Dance Chicago.

 

Excerpts from Joseph Caruana's "Angel" at the McCallum Theater Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival 2011. Dancers Joseph Caruana and Megan Walsh.

 

"The Misfortunate Beauty of Joe Danek". Choreography by James Gregg with music by Chris Garneau. Videography and film editing by Jordan Selander. Performance featuring Tiffany McCord with Liz Stillerman and Megan Walsh at "First Draft" with Winifred Haun and Dancers, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL, February 16-17, 2016.

 

 
Lost in the Atlantean wilderness, two refugees meet and form an unlikely bond. Choreography by Mike Gosney. Film by Brian Vandenbos. Music by Vangelis. Dancers Brennen Renteria and Megan Walsh. Copyright 2018 Elements Ballet.