Originally from Minsk, Belarus, Elena is from a dynasty of ballet dancers, actors and movie directors. She began her Music studies at age of 5 years old and professional Ballet studies at the age of ten at the Belarusian State College of Choreography which she graduated from in 1989 with Diplomas in Classical Ballet, Folk Dance and Dance Teaching. Since that time, she has been employed as a professional ballerina, choreographer and teacher. In 1992 she found the first private professional Dance Theatre under the management of State Belarusian Philharmonic Associations. Over the next 12 years she was the company’s principal producer, artistic director and prima ballerina. By order of Belarusian Ministry of Culture in 1994 Elena was awarded with highest professional ballet qualification. Elena’s company productions toured all over the world until she settled in Singapore and extended her career as a Teacher, Lecture and Choreographer here.
From 2003 Ms. Kanevskaia took up the position of Ballet Mistress and Head of the Ballet Department at Dance Circle Studios. Singapore. At the same time Ms. Kanevskaia was invited be part time lecturer and to conduct classes in disciplines such as – Advance level Classical Ballet (Russian school), Ballet Repertoire and Point Work, European Period Dances and History on Europe in connections with the Arts, Character Dance, Physical Theatre and Body Conditioning classes – at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts : Dance and Theatre Departments and Lasalle College of the Arts : Dance and Musical Theatre Departments, where she has been teaching for almost 13 years now.
Elena is the one of a very few exponents in Singapore of the internationally renowned Russian Vaganova Classical Ballet Method. She also specialized in European Folk Dances, Character Dance and European Period Dance courses. Combining her unique 27 years of professional dance experience with educational programs that she created (based on the Russian professional dance educational curriculum), hundreds of students were exposed to her methods, studied the art and gained diplomas and degrees here in Singapore. Many of them have been awarded the highest prizes in international dance competitions and have been employed by top professional dance and theatre companies in Singapore and abroad.
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