Our Story: Pop-up School of Vocals

Pop-up school of vocals is Elena Dana’s initiative to encourage professional vocalists, actors, songwriters and musicians to share their knowledge on vocals with local communities and to remove access barriers by introducing affordable or subsidised workshops in a fun loving atmosphere. The school offers drop-in group singing workshops, masterclasses, courses and exclusive showcases devised for an adult learner of all levels and abilities.  

The first pop-up school was set up in 2014 in the London borough of Tower Hamlets, as a result of Elena’s teaching training as a music educator at the British academy of New Music. The school was a weekly, four months long venture, and featured the founder of She choir, Ellie Estbrook.

Years on and those who took part were very fond of the project and always asked for more! Hence, a year and a half later, during the winter & spring of 2016 & 2017, the second pop-up school introduced a series of Masterclasses dedicated to Jazz, Blues, Ballads, Romani & Balkan genres. With acclaimed songwriters, musicians and performers Norma Jean MartineAdam BridgesAllegra ShockMeg Cavanaugh and Dunja Botic.

the school was held at the legendary Premises Studios, London, UK.

The 3rd school was dedicated solely to Jazz Vocals and was run on during the summer of 2018, in Scotland, across the city of Edinburgh, featuring acclaimed jazz singer Lorna Reid, vocal coach Nicholas Franck, and a musician & a lead vocalist from a swing band Radio Pachuco, Sophie Adams. Our last showcase, in Edinburgh, to mark the end of this run, was held on Tuesday 18th Sep 2018 at the Bar Brig.

The 4th, 2020 School of Vocals has started early and is dedicated to jazz vocals and dramatic arts! We have launched our first DramVocals© workshop of its kind in Edinburgh, Nov 2019, featuring an incredibly talented Chrissie Thornton who was discovered through her outstanding performance in an inspirational musical “Made in Dagenham” dedicated to equal rights. The video footage from this workshop is now available on our Patreon page here

A series of DramVocals workshops have now been launched in The Hague, starting with every second and fourth Saturday in January & February 2020.

Joining us for the first workshop of the year is a renowned jazz musician Niels Tausk teaching us about jazz phrasing and more! The Second workshop is Joined by a young and talented Jazz vocalist Kakia Fesa. Third workshop is shared with Lisanne Pronk.

Vocal Jazz Courses devised and organised by Elena Dana, are shared with amazing Joran ten Kroode, Kakia Fesa and Meriç calisan.

The courses are still LIVE and kicking and are available to book via www.singjazzinternational.com with a new teacher on board – Ali Afleck!

Edinburgh Council Courses

With the much appreciated help from the Edinburgh Council we were able to offer heavily subsidised Jazz Singing courses in the heart of the city of Edinburgh from January to May 2019. The courses were sold out and during the duration of twenty weeks in total, the courses covered essential vocal training technique and introduced a new jazz standard each class. The courses featured a visiting teacher Sophie Adams and a visiting pianist Valentine Kulikov who were kind enough to offer their time and knowledge to the groups on voluntarily basis. 

New Website

You will be pleased to know that we have upgraded to SingJazzInternational.com 🙂

We have six teachers on board who are working together to preserve vocal jazz as a genre.

We have applied for funding to help us during these struggling times, and hope that we can continue working online attracting those who love learning the craft of jazz singing!

NEW VOCAL TRAINING MARATHON has also been launched on 1st of August 2020 and you are welcome to join at any time and work at your own pace to refine your vocal technique or indeed to learn it from scratch with this step-by-step structured approach.

Join our FACEBOOK page here to be a part of our singing community and PATREON to support the work we do!

We hope you are keeping well and prospering at your craft, please share your updated with us in comments below ❤

Much love

Elena x

Documenting our work: see how we work

It’s all about practical approach to vocal training! Watch this raw material of how we work, and see if you can join us during a full session published on Patreon.com/elenadana that documents our work and raises funds for the project.

So if you want to vocal-train, observe or support us – don’t be shy and sign up here!

We look forward to seeing you soon ❤

Pop-up School of Vocals is BACK!


Hello everyone! How are you doing? Hope you’re having lovely festive times this time of the year 🙂

Guess what, we are back with Pop-up school of Vocals, dedicated to JAZZ and I am proud to announce that we are launching a new set of classes, albeit in The Hague!

Yup, and if you are in town please visit, if not sign up to my online portal powered by Patreon, where I publish video footage from my workshops and classes, to keep you updated, document our work and raise funds to make my future classes accessible to those who can’t afford a full price.

This is what we have planned so far: there are four workshops at the beginning of 2020, for you to try these classes out, and if you wish to pursue the jazz vocal training further with me, there are two sets of courses to chose from later on in the year too.

I look forward to welcoming you and introducing you to our special guests who will be demonstrating improve and phrasing techniques, wicked jazz vocal stylistics and much more!

Find out more from my new website singjazzinthehague.com and until then –


Goodbye Edinburgh

New times upon us!

We are moving away from the city that blessed us with so many wonderful people and teaching opportunities! I have been teaching vocal technique for the last six years, but not as intensively as I’ve been teaching it in Edinburgh. So thank you, beautiful place ❤

During the last year and a half I have been blessed with developing my own teaching method too, which I will now aim to publish online here: http://patreon.com/elenadana

Please do join me in this new cyber venture and let’s make this journey fun together! 😀

Much love, Elena x



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It’s been an absolute pleasure to teach a series of Masterclasses dedicated to Jazz, Blues, Ballads, Romani & Balkan genres, with acclaimed songwriters, musicians and performers such as Norma Jean Martine, Adam Bridges, Allegra Shock, Meg Cavanaugh and Dunja Botic at the legendary Premises Studios, London, UK, during winter & spring 2016 & 2017. 

The 3rd wave of school is now on during Summer 2018, in Scotland, Edinburgh!

And just as promised, this time we are launching series of Singing Classes  on a weekly basis in MAY! We’ll also dropping in a FREE taster for you to see what it’s like, and if you would like to learn more, there are drop-in sessions in May, and more classes and courses are coming up in June, July & August with gigs every Tuesday in Brig Below for students to showcase their work!

Each May drop-in class will introduce a new jazz standard song as an exercise, relevant vocal techniques and a jazz improv exercises. This series of classes are not run as a course, yet more classes you visit, more songs you will learn!

To mark the first time of these classes run in Edinburgh, we are also introducing a special promotional price! There are only 10 places per class however, and to secure your slot you can book in advance here. Alternatively email me at any time to book your slot or if you have any questions.

Like our new Facebook Page where we are regularly publish information about new classes and showcases in Edinburgh.

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Much luv

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Move to Edinburgh!

Hello everyone, I have exciting news! After spending over two decades in London, I finally moved out and the road brought me all the way up north, to the creative capital of Scotland, Edinburgh. It’s lovely and cosy here and I may stay here for a year, because why not.

And if you are around, I am organising my first event here with couple of local artists, at the Mo Beans cosy coffee shop, to celebrate Easter on bank holiday Monday, and it would be great to see you!

Follow this link to RSVP 

Where: Mo Beans, 57 Easter Road, Edinburgh EH7 5PL

Date: Mon 2 April 2018

Time: 3-6pm

Look forward to seeing you!

much luv

Elena x

Romani Gypsy & Balkan Folk Vocal Training Masterclass

Sunday 26 MARCH 2017 2.30-6.30pm Premises Studios


We had a wonderful time at the Ballads Vocal Masterclass last month, with lots of positive energy and great feedback! See the VIDEO from this class here.

In the light of this, we are bringing our next Masterclass to the Premises Studios, dedicated to the Gypsy & Balkan vocal techniques, inspired purely by traditional Romani gypsy singing and Balkan folk.

We are excited to announce that on this occasion we will be joined by a wonderful singer from Don Kipper Band Dunja who will teach us a couple of songs from her beautiful repertoire and spill the bins about the magic of vocals.

Please join us for this event and register your place in advance here. 

Much love