Name: Elina Miettinen
Date of Birth: 3/26
Country: United States
Elina was born in a small town, Belomorsk, in the north of Russia. At the age of 5 she moved with her family to Helsinki, Finland, where a few years later she started her ballet training at the Helsinki Dance Institute. In 2005 Elina moved to Amsterdam to attend National Ballet Academy for her last school year. The same year she received a Pro Dance Scholarship, which is being given yearly to a promising young dancer in Finland.
Elina started her professional career as a dancer at the age of 19 as she joined the Finnish National Ballet. While working with National Ballet she was preparing herself for international competitions in Sweden, France and New York. In Sweden, at the Scandinavian Ballet Competition Elina was awarded and chosen to represent Finland in France. The competition was held later that year in Grasse, where she won a Bronze medal.
In the summer of 2007 Elina traveled to New York to compete in the prestigious NY International Ballet Competition, which turned out to be a life changing experience. Elina was invited to join American Ballet Theatre and received the Igor Youskevich Award by NYIBC and the director Kevin McKenzie. Elina joined the American Ballet Theatre in 2008 as the first ballerina from Finland. With Ballet Theater she has traveled around the world, including countries like China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Taiwan, England, Spain and multiple cities in the United States. Her repertory with ABT includes The White Cat and a Canary Fairy in the Sleeping Beauty, a little swan and a Polish Princess in Swan Lake, as well as feature roles in Twyla Tharp’s Bach Partita, Tudor’s Black Tuesday, Paul Taylor’s Company B and Raymonda Diverstissements. Elina has also performed roles such as The Dying Swan, The Princess Florine (Sleeping Beauty), Esmeralda, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) , Dewdrop (The Nutcracker) and Swanhilda (Coppelia). In the fall of 2016 Elina became the face of the new vitamin water, Health Lab.
Pro Dance Scholarship, 2005 in Helsinki Finland. Winner of the Scandinavian ballet competition in Mora, Sweden 2007. Bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Grasse, France 2007 Igor Youskevitch Award at NYIBC 2007 (a contract with American Ballet Theatre)
Elina is the first ballerina from Finland to ever join American Ballet Theatre.
First thing that comes to mind when you say “CAPEZIO”
Pointe shoes and their awesome dance wear.
Favorite “CAPEZIO” item
I love my Capezio legwarmers <3
Advice to other dancers…
Don’t get discouraged if things don’t go the way you planned. Be patient, work hard and the day will come when it all will pay off.
Unusual fact/love/habit/goal/ability that other people might not know about…
I am married, I have a little dog and I am pursuing acting on my free time from dance 🙂