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, sharing the stage with figures such as Juan Ogalla, Alejandro Granados and Soledad Barrio.
Marina Elana, who has several gorgeous long winding solos, is fair-skinned and petite, dark and direct in her attack, yet soft at the same time." - artslandia, Jamuna Chiarini
"Marina Elana is an exquisite, fully formed dancer with a cool exterior and lots of inner heat." - Arts Meme Los Angeles, Debra Levine
"The trio of younger female dancers ascertain a coy romance to their movement, in particular the confident Marina Elana, with her precise gaze and unfaltering yet impressionistic footwork, which details a seductive yet inviting incarnation of flamenco." - BWW Reviews: Noche Flamenca at Joe's Pub, Wesley Doucette
"Marina Elana dances a slow burn in a dark velvet dress, her exquisite hand movements offering hypnotic grace in opposition to the steps furiously marking complex beats below." - NY Theatre Wire, Megin Jimenez
"Few dancers can match the intensity of Soledad Barrio’s flamenco, but Marina Elana as Ismene takes a good shot at it, following up a devastating monologue in English (“I’m bilingual,” she simpers) in which she bitches about her sister’s self-sacrifice. It is the viciousness of her bile, combined with the cowardice of her position, that makes the tragedy credible, and contemporary. Mean girls rule." - "Antigona Flamenca," danceviewtimes, Tom Phillips
"A Renowned Dance Couple Keeps Flamenco's Flame Burning in New York" by Susan Hartman, New York Times
"Using Flamenco to Remix Sophocles' Antigone" The Leonard Lopate Show interviewing Martin Santangelo and Marina Elana of Noche Flamenca
Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space
Dances for One features performances from two companies of different dance styles (Marina Elana and Hari Krishnan), highlighting the power of solo performance and the mastery of a dancer's relationship to the audience, set to live musical accompaniment.