At the age of 10, Elena Bersten learned rhythmic gymnastics and became Russian gymnastics champion in 1995. At The age of 12 Elena started learning ballroom/Latin dance.
In The summer of 1998 Elena and Her Mother (former champion of Russia) opened dance studio “21 century”. Elena at age 16, went to school for choreography.
In her dancing career Elena won numerous awards for her dancing abilities and won many prestige 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”. Elena toured in Finland, Sweden, Monte Carlo and Cyprus.
Elena also performed with many celebrities including Lou Bega, Patricia Kass, Boney M, Touch and Go, and many other great performers. Elena performed is 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 2010- Elena was invited to perform with burn the floor as the main couple.
Elena is the co/owner of Dance Sport competition “Trophy Mayor” Elena is a recognized official judge of 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, currently dancing with her husband Gene, is the Co/Owner and Director of “Dance With Us America,” which is considered to be one of the best Ballroom and Latin dance studios in the Midwest. She is also the choreographer of “Dance With Love,” creating dance shows here in Minnesota and all over America, such as the show, “Behind The Mask”. Elena grows in her dancing everyday by continuing her education, performing, and adding to the dance community with her wonderful performances, dancing, teaching and passion.