Elena Faye is an award-winning performer and teacher based in the DC metropolitan area. Born into a family of dancers, painters, and musicians, Elena was surrounded by art from a young age. She first began belly dancing at the age of 14, under the instruction of DC-based dancer Najwah (Karen McLane). 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.
During her time in New York, Elena had the opportunity to study and collaborate with such respected artists as Nourhan Sharif, Ranya Renee, Luna of Cairo, and Kaeshi Chai. She also spent three years as President of the Columbia University Bellydance Troupe, which is host to the annual Collegiate Middle Eastern Dance Conference.
After earning her degree in Middle Eastern Language & Culture with a Minor in Dance, Elena returned to DC where she performs as a soloist as well as a member of the Nomad Dancers and Ancient Rhythms Dance Company. She is also on the faculty of Saffron Dance, where she teaches weekly classes.