Hometown: Austin, TX

Elena Giannuzzi is an artist based out of Austin, Texas. Since the age of two, Elena has been dancing, and was instructed 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 and with an emphasis in Pilates. She also had the opportunity to work closely with artists such as Manuel Vigonoulle, Bliss Kohlmyer, and Joshua L. Peugh. Since training at SHSU, Elena had the opportunity 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 (SHSU) 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, The Barnstorm Dance Fest in Houston, TX, and NobleMotion Dance in their show “Catapult” in Houston, TX. Elena joined The Axis Connect, (Barton Movement) Program out of Los Angeles, where she studied under the guidance of many artists as she traveled from LA to New York City. 

Currently, Elena is dancing for SMCD, under the instruction of Elijah Alhaji Gibson out of Houston TX. Along with her passion for performing, Elena is also a passionate teacher and has been teaching in studios around Texas for five years now. Recently, her choreography has been featured in the Annual Dance to Breath Benefit Concert, raising money for Cystic Fibrosis in Austin, TX. The dance community is very important to her and she plans on continuing to teach so she can spread the knowledge she has attained from her dance career.