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Elena Faye is an award-winning performer and teacher based in the DC metropolitan area. She first began belly dancing at the age of 14, under the instruction of DC-based dancer Najwah (Karen McLane), and soon joined her teacher's company, Ancient Rhythms. After four years of intense study, Elena relocated to New York City in order to pursue her undergraduate degree at Columbia University's Barnard College.
After earning her degree in Middle Eastern Language & Culture with a Minor in Dance, Elena returned to the DC area, where she now resides. She spent six years dancing with Central Asian dance company Nomads Dancers and master Uzbek choreographer Olimdjon Beknazarov, during which time she developed a love for the plethora of traditional and folkloric Persian & Central Asian dances.
In 2012, she began teaching regular weekly classes at Saffron Dance belly dance school in Arlington, VA. From 2017-2019 she served as Artistic Director, overseeing the creative development of the school.
In addition to belly dance, Elena studied Irish Step dance for 7 years, and has explored modern, ballet, flamenco, garba/raas, kathak, bharatanatyam, bachata and Brazilian Zouk.