Elena Martins grew up in Massachusetts and received her early training at Donna Miceli Dance Center and the Academy of Ballet Arts. She went on to graduate magna cum laude from SUNY Buffalo with a BA in dance and minor in speech and hearing science. After graduation Elena moved to Boston, MA where she taught dance at many prestigious schools including The School of Classical Ballet, Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, Dana Hall Upper School, and Boston Dance Company, among others. She was a long time member of Prometheus Dance, as well as performing with Lorraine Chapman The Company, Luminarium Dance, Hyperbole Dance, and as a dancer in W. B Mason television commercials. She relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2015 and has since had the privilege of working with LEVYdance, Robert Moses' Kin, Axis Dance Company, Sarah Berges Dance, RAWdance, CALI & CO dance, West Edge Opera and more. Elena continues to create, innovate and educate using dance as a means of expression for herself and her students. She is currently on faculty at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center and Berkeley City Ballet.