Elina is the first ballet dancer from Finland to have danced with the iconic American Ballet Theatre. She was the recipient of the "Igor Youskevitch Award" in New York and the "Pro Dance Award" in Helsinki, Finland.
Elina was born in the old Soviet Union and immigrated to Finland at the age of 5. A few years later, Elina began her ballet training in Helsinki. As a young promising dancer she received a scholarship in Helsinki and completed her training in Paris, Cannes, Copenhagen and Amsterdam.
Elina started her professional career in her teens with the Finnish National Ballet and was shortly after invited to join the renowned American Ballet Theatre in New York City.
After spending over a decade with ABT, working with some of the ballet world's biggest names (such as Twyla Tharp, Natalia Makarova, Irina Kolpakova, Alexei Ratmansky) and touring the world she discovered her love for acting.
The transition to film felt natural and Elina started collaborating with filmmakers incorporating dance in film as well as acting in independent projects.
Elina’s latest TV credits include Guest Starring in "Law and Order" (NBC) and "The Big Leap" (FOX). Her latest film project “Hedgehog” is currently in the film festival circuit internationally and has been awarded as “Best Short Film” at several film festivals. The film will have its West Coast Premiere in Hollywood at the Chinese Theater on June 26th, 2023.
Elina has appeared on many dance magazine covers and modeled for BRIDES, CR Fashion Book, Vogue Online and InLove Magazine. She has done commercials for IQOS, Under Armour, Rag and Bone and she was the face of Health Lab Vitamin Water National Campaign in Finland.
During her ballet career Elina was interviewed for Cosmopolitan (Finland), Helsinki Times, YLE National Radio (Finland), Gloria Magazine, Fitness Magazine and was mentioned in “Best Dance of 2015” article in The New York Times.
In addition Elina has done collaborations with brands like Capezio, Joe Blasco Cosmetics and Discount Dance..
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