Elena, a native of Portland, Oregon, started dancing at the age of 3. She graduated with honors from Lakeridge High School in 2016 and moved to Florida to be a trainee with Orlando Ballet. There she performed with Orlando Ballet School in productions like The Nutcracker, and excerpts from Le Corsaire and Don Quixote. She also performed in outreach performances for local schools and community events. In 2018 she came to Phoenix to be a Studio Company Member with Ballet Arizona. Here she has performed with Ballet Arizona and The School of Ballet Arizona in productions like The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and La Sylphide. Additionally, she has performed in outreach performances for schools all around the Phoenix area.
In 2018, Elena completed her Associates of Arts online through Portland Community College. She is currently working towards her Bachelor’s in Business Administration through Oregon State University. She is also currently working as an instructor and administrative assistant at Ballet Fusion Fitness in Mesa. Elena hopes to have a career in Arts Administration.
Throughout her training, Elena attended ballet summer programs at Boston Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Ballet Arizona. She played piano growing up and hopes to get back into playing after she finishes school. Elena is excited to be a part of the SOUNDS Academy team!