Elena began her artistic career in 1976 as a gymnast competing at the national level for Moldova, her home country. She graduated in 1991 from the Moscow State Circus School, from which she also obtained a diploma in professional teacher training. She specializes in hand-to-hand, swinging trapeze and other aerial disciplines, and won the silver medal at the 1992 Festival mondial du cirque de demain in Paris. After several years of performing as a circus artist, Elena turned to teaching; she was a trapeze instructor for Cirque du Soleil's Alegria show and a rhythmic gymnastics trainer at the Club Rythmik-Québec. A professor at the School since 1994, she teaches aerial disciplines, balancing, flexibility and contortion to students in the higher education program.