Elena Grinenko Back to Main
BORN: December 14, 1976
BIRTHPLACE: Moscow, Russia
HEIGHT: 5'4"
Significant Other: Rib Hillis
ON WHOSAY SINCE: Feb 28, 2014
HOMETOWN: Moscow, Russia


World Champion Professional Ballroom Dancer
Owner of Grinya Talent Agency
Owner of LA Ballroom Studio

-Russian National Champion in Latin and 10 Dance
-US National Vice Champion in Latin
-US National Champion in Rhythm
-2 Times World Champion in Rhythm

Elena started dancing at the age of 7 in her native country of Russia and her passion for dance became a career for life. Elena started teaching dance to little kids at the age of 15 and at the age of 21 immigrated to United States of America, which has been her home ever since.

After retiring from competition, Elena became a coach and choreographer for competitive couples. She is a Qualified/Certified Adjudicator, World Class Judge & National Judge. Elena is also choreographer for Olympic Gold medalists in figure skating: Meryl Davis & Charlie White (USA) and Scott Moir & Tessa Virtue (Canada).  She is on the board members for the National Museum of Dance Hall of Fame and was recently invited to coach and lecture at The Broadway Theater Project. In addition, Elena was a pro dancer on the hit ABC show, "Dancing with the Stars". Not content with her long list of accomplishments, Elena also started her own talent agency called Grinya Talent, which specializes in representing Dancers, particularly ballroom dancers for film, television, commercials and appearances and she is one of the creators, producers and hosts of the popular YouTube Channel, DanceJunkiesTV.

In addition to being an accomplished dancer, choreographer and coach, Elena has extensive experience and success in the ballroom dance business:

1984-2005 Competitive dancer
1991-1998 teacher of ballroom dance for kids in Russia
1998-2000 teacher at "Royal Ballroom" NJ
2000-2002 owner of "Dance Zone NJ"
2002-2004 Coach at "Rising Star Dance Academy"
2004-2006 manager in "Dance with me" NJ
2006-2007 Pro Dancer on "Dancing with the Stars"
2006-2011 Member of a Board of Directors at " Fred Astaire Dance Studios"
2007 - present. National & World Class judge & coach for high level competitive couples
2011 - present. Board member at the National Museum of Dance.

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