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.
Having lived in different countries, Finland, Russia, Holland and now the United States Elina considers herself a global citizen.
Elina began her ballet training in Helsinki at the age of 9. As a young promising dancer she received a scholarship and completed her training by attending prestigeous ballet programs 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, touring the world performing featured and soloist parts as well as working with some of the ballet world's biggest names (such as Twyla Tharp, Natalia Makarova, Irina Kolpakova, Alexei Ratmansky), she discovered her love for acting.
The transition to film felt natural and Elina began collaborating with filmmakers incorporating dance in film as well as acting in independent projects.
Elina has studied (and continues to study) acting with some of the best teachers in NYC with a focus in film and TV (Bob Krakower, The Barrow Group, Heidi Marshall to name a few).
Elina’s latest TV credits include Guest Starring roles in "Law and Order" (NBC) and "The Big Leap" (FOX). Her latest award-winning film project “Hedgehog” has been taking the film festival circuit by storm by winning “Best Short Film” at several festivals domestically and internationally. The film had its West Coast Premiere in Hollywood at the Chinese Theater on June 26th, 2023 and became an Oscar Qualified film for the 2024 season.
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 MAC Cosmetics, Capezio, Joe Blasco Cosmetics and Discount Dance.
I'm a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It's easy.
For the full gallery click here.