Marina began training at a young age in Spanish classical dance and flamenco with Adela Clara and continued with La Mónica and Yaelisa in the San Francisco Bay Area. In Spain, she studied in Sevilla and Madrid with artists such as Yolanda Heredia, Belen Maya, Isabel Bayon and Soledad Barrio. Marina has performed with companies across the United States including Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco, Maria Benitez’s Teatro Flamenco in Santa Fe and Yaelisa & Caminos Flamencos. Marina has been a company member of Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca since 2012. She has recently toured both nationally and internationally with the company. Marina has performed and presented her choreography in the New York International Fringe Festival, the 2015 Queensboro Dance Festival and the 2016 Inside/Out Festival at Jacob's Pillow Dance.
Noche Flamenca artistic director, Martin Santangelo, and Marina Elana, who plays Ismene talk about their visually arresting adaptation of Sophocles’s Antigone on WNYC: