Hometown: Westfield, Indiana
Joined OKC Ballet in 2021
Elena Damiani, originally from Westfield, Indiana, trained at Central Indiana Academy of Dance under the direction of Suzann DeLay. During her junior year of high school, she had the opportunity to perform Gerald Arpino’s Birthday Variations with Butler Ballet. She attended the University of Oklahoma School of Dance where she earned a BFA with honors in Ballet Performance and a minor in Health and Exercise Science.
During her time at OU, she performed featured roles such as First Violin in George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco as well as Snow Queen and Lead Mirliton in Willam F. Christensen’s The Nutcracker. She also performed in Opaque, Unfazed, an original work by Trey McIntyre. Damiani joined the Oklahoma City Ballet Studio Company in 2019 as part of the joint program with OU and was promoted to apprentice in 2021.
During her time with Oklahoma City Ballet, she has had the opportunity to perform in Septime Webre’s ALICE (in wonderland), as well as Robert Mills’ The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, The Firebird, and The Little Mermaid. Damiani is Pilates Mat certified and is a guest instructor at Central Indiana Dance Ensemble’s Summer Intensives.