At the age of 10, Elena Bersten learned rhythmic gymnastics and became Russian gymnastics champion in 1995. At The age of 12 she started learning ballroom/latin dance. In the summer of 1998, she and her Mother (a former Russian champion) opened dance studio “21 century”. At age 16, Elena went to school for choreography. In her dancing career Elena has won numerous awards for her dancing and won many prestigious Russian championships and titles. At the age of 18, Elena won the Russian formation team competition.
In 2000-2005 Elena attended the university Culture of Arts in Orel, Russia, and received a special certificate as a Ballroom instructor. Elena also attended the Russian university for choreography, Natalia Nesterova (Moscow). In 2003-2006 Elena was invited as a dancer for European renowned “Moscow’s Starlight Dancers”. She toured in Finland, Sweden, Monte Carlo and Cyprus.
Elena has also performed with many celebrities including Lou Bega, Patricia Kass, Boney M, Touch and Go, and many other great performers. She has performed on some of the most prestigious stages in Moscow and St. Petersburg. In 2006- Elena created her own dance show “21 century dance,” and in 2008 and 2010 Elena was invited to perform in Burn the Floor as the main couple.
Elena is the co-owner of the Dance Sport competition “Trophy Mayor.” Elena is also a recognized official judge of the Russian Federation DanceSport and USTA/NDCA certified as a highly qualified “Member” adjudicator in American Rhythm and Smooth, and International Ballroom and Latin. Elena trained many of the junior and youth champions of Russia in her Ballroom/Latin club “21 vek” in Orel, Russia. Now Elena is the co-owner and director of “Dance With Us America” a Ballroom and Latin dance studio in Edina.