Originally from Mexico City, Elena was introduced to ballet at an early age. She later studied jazz and contemporary dance with the Cuban choreographer Jorge Lizaso and enjoyed learning jazz and tap from the musical theatre choreographer Roberto Ayala during university years.
Elena undertook studies at the National Institute for Fine Arts including bel canto, music history, theatre and Italian. She also developed a better understanding of music across different styles by taking music appreciation lessons with the composer Marco Alvírez, and singing as a soprano with the a capella choir In Arcis under the conduction of Francisco Grijalva Vega for more than four years.
Her curiosity for new ways of movement drove her to explore contemporary dance at Chunky Move workshops. She has also been inspired in master classes by other contemporary choreographers such as Andy Howitt and Katrina Rank.
She further developed her teaching and choreographic skills with Karen and Paul Malek at Transit Dance, and deepened her understanding of Creative Dance with Claudia Mangiamele at Mangala Studios.
Elena holds a Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management completed at Transit Dance. She also achieved a Creative Dance Teaching Diploma at Mangala Studios, both completed in Melbourne, Australia (2016).
Elena was an active dancer and choreographer of the Flare Dance Company (2012-2016). She has been choreographing independently showcasing her work at Dancehouse, community theatres, the Deakin Edge at Federation Square and The Art Gallery of Ballarat.
Cyclical Change (2013) was her first choreographic work where she proposed a reflection about the changing nature of life’s fortune. She attempted to portray the psychological stages of migration with her second work with Flare Dance Company, Settle In (2015). Her third choreography was Out of Stillness (2016) where she explores choreographing for a circular stage on the topic of souls journey to find their true peaceful identity.
She has explored poetry inspired improvisation performing at The Body Speaks for which she has developed the solo works At the End of Elizabeth (2015) and Vulnerable (2016), as well as dancing in a range of collaboration pieces with Nicola Beatrix, Albee Barton and Meiki English (2015-2016).
Elena is also passionate about mindful improvisation and site-specific choreography. Her experimentation with circular stages granted her a participation in the Room to Move program at Dancehouse involving a post-performance conversation facilitated by Philipa Rothfield (2016). Pride, Grief and Forging Ahead was choreographed for the exhibition Romancing the Skull at The Art Gallery of Ballarat (2017).
By combining her background in dance and meditation Elena developed a mindful dance improvisation program suitable for people with different movement backgrounds. She tailors the program for participants with different needs, from experienced dancers working in an ensemble to corporate teams who are willing to foster communication and creativity.
Elena also has an extensive corporate experience and holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Busines Administration with a Marketing focus.
Drawing from her corporate background and her passion for performing arts, mindfulness, and improvisation, Elena enjoys helping people developing their confidence in everyday life and on stage.