Elena Giannuzzi is an Austin, Texas native. Dancing since the age of two, she trained in several forms of dance such as Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, and Contemporary. Her passion to study dance took her to Sam Houston State University, where she graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance. She had the opportunity to work closely with artists such as Manuel Vigonoulle, Bliss Kohlmyer, and Joshua L. Peugh. Since training at SHSU, Elena was connected to study abroad with The Dance Italia Program out of Lucca, Italy. There, Elena took daily classes in Counter Technique with Elita Cannata and Gaga classes and Repertory with Chisato Ohno (Batsheva Dance Company). Additionally, Elena has worked under Elijah Alhaji Gibson who is a long-standing company member with The Gus Giordano Company, where Elena had the opportunity to train as a scholarship student with their College Program in Chicago, IL.
Most recently she has performed in The Dance Gallery Festival in NYC, Social Movement Contemporary Dance world premiere of “The Human Condition”, and Austin Dance Fest in Austin, TX. In 2018 Elena joined The Axis Connect (Barton Movement) Program out of Los Angeles and New York City, where she studied under the guidance of many artists such as Jermaine Spivey (Kidd Pivot), Jacob Jonas (The Jacob Jonas Company), and Alexander Ekman. In addition, Elena also became a founding company member of the Social Movement Contemporary Dance in 2018 under the direction of Elijah Alhaji Gibson. Based out of Houston she trained, toured, and performed with the company all over Texas.
Along with her dedication for performing, Elena is also a passionate teacher. Her choreography has been featured in the Annual Dance to Breath Benefit Concert, raising money for Cystic Fibrosis in Austin, TX. Elena’s focus + interest lies in the dance community and how to cultivate a place to come together and grow as artists.