Elena’s love for dance education is two-fold: a passion for teaching dance, and a passion for researching dance teaching.
Elena began a degree in Dance Education at UNSW, where she excelled in dance anatomy and safe teaching practice, but left to complete her degree in Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Sydney. She was the President of the Movement and Dance Society and also co-founded The Company, a group created to challenge and inspire dancers and choreographers and to offer performance opportunities. After rekindling her passion for ballet technique at a much later age, she undertook examinations with the Royal Academy of Dance up to Intermediate. She now continues to further her physical training with an obsession for pilates!
Always on the lookout for further education and training, Elena has completed the Progressing Ballet Technique course under Marie Walton Mahon. When she isn’t teaching, Elena is addicted to pilates, and you’ll find her on a reformer or a barrel somewhere!
In recent years, she was a featured dancer in the video clip for the hit song ‘Falling in Love’ for the Australian band Strange Talk, directed by Costa Vakas, which was shot at Dance Domain’s very own studios! She also choreographed and featured in local band Valar’s film clip “Anoesis”.
Elena has completed a Masters degree in Cultural Studies with a dissertation in gender, class and race relations in dance pedagogy.
She is currently in her final year of a PhD in the Sociology of Education at The University of Sydney. Her research explores embodied knowledge acquisition in children’s ballet classes to better understand the forms of knowledge that are taught and how we can open access to a wider range of students.
She is also a Postgraduate Member of the LCT Centre for Knowledge-Building and her work with the centre aims towards engaging with both academics and teachers to improve teaching practices across a range of educational fields.
With a passion and appreciation for diversity, inclusivity, and equal access that drives Elena in both research and teaching dance, Dance Domain is an environment that realizes these passions.