Preschool Dance Instructor, Choreographer
Elena graduated from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 2010, where she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in modern dance performance. While at the Conservatory, she was privileged to study under and perform in various pieces by Jennifer Medina, DeeAnna Hiett, Sabrina Madison-Cannon, Paula Weber, Rodni Williams, Mary Pat Henry, and Ronald Tice. During the last several years she has attended summer intensive programs at The Ailey School in New York City; Jennifer Medina’s Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company in St. Louis, Missouri; and Cleo Parker Robinson in Denver.
Elena also holds an Associate of Applied Science in Small Business Management. Currently, Elena choreographs, studies salsa dancing, and teaches dance for both English and Spanish-speaking classes in the Head Start program through cmDance. She hopes to use dance and choreography as a tool to build self-esteem and create a positive self-image for young children and growing dancers, especially those who come from difficult backgrounds.