Elena Gibson: Full Biography

Elena Gibson: Founder & Pole Dancing Teacher

Elena trained at The National Ballet School of Canada where she was awarded 4 years' full-time scholarship. Graduating in 1995, she won the "Excellence in Dance" Oondatje Foundation Award, the Peter Dwyer Prize and the Ambrosoli Arts Foundation Scholarship and became a member of The National Ballet of Canada under the direction of Reid Anderson and later, James Kudelka. In 1996 Elena won the first prize at the Professional Young Dancers Competition in Pinerolo and Udine, Italy. Then, in 1998 she joined The Bavarian State Ballet in Germany led by Czech director and former principal dancer with the Hamburg Ballet Ivan Liska.

Her repertory includes Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Don Quixote, Onegin, Manon, The Merry Widow, Romeo And Juliette, Coppelia, Paquita, La Fille Mal Gardee, Concerto Barocco, Episodes, Four Temperaments, Serenade, Theme And Variations, The Second Detail, Artifact 2, Washington Square, Les Sylphides, The Red Shoes, Elite Syncopations, Tales of the Arabian Nights: The Story of Abdallah, Terra Firma, Grand-Maître's Emma B, and Lady of the Camellias. In March 2000 Elena was involved in a serious car accident, which resulted in her retiring from the company and led to her discovery of pole dancing and the start of a more contemporary dance career following her full recovery.

In 2001 Elena became a freelance solo artist and choreographer, exploring modern dance and in particular pole dancing, traveling worldwide and captivating audiences with her unique and original shows, combining the elegance of classical ballet, extreme flexibility and acrobatic pole work. Touring to Austria, Belgium, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland Elena performed her choreographed repertory The Arabian Nights, Black Swan & Rock, Moulin Rouge, Tango De Roxanne, Wild Wild West, The Matrix, James Bond and Kill Bill.

In 2003 Elena founded Girlesque, a glamorous, sassy and entertaining troupe, for which she choreographed and performed in London and throughout the UK. Then in January 2005 Elena travelled to New York City where she completed the Ishta Teacher Training Program founded by Yogiraj Alan Finger founder of Yoga Zone.

Elena Gibson wins Miss Pole Dance World 2005

Elena's passion for pole dancing has won her national and international acclaim such as Miss Pole Dance UK, Best Entertainer award and crowned as Miss Pole Dance World in 2005. In January 2006 Elena founded Pole Dancing School, which by 2010 has grown to 6 venues including 1 dedicated pole studio.

Elena was appointed the UK representative of the International Pole Federation in 2006, founded by Jamilla Deville, an organization governed by a board made up of some the world's best pole dancers whose vision it is to uphold the ideal of pole dancing as an art form in itself, as well as to support the growth of the industry through maintaining quality and standards in classes, resources and events.

In September 2007 Elena was invited by Alexander Kolpin to join his Copenhagen International Ballet in their production of SommerBallet 07 as guest performer and co-choreographer for the world premiere piece Woman.

Elena's client list includes MacMillan Cancer Support UK, The Cinema And Television Benevolent Fund, Agent Provocateur, Elton John Aids Foundation, Christian Dior, Reise Gorbachev Foundation, O2, Nokia, NSPCC, Urban Caprice, Carbon Black, Beyond FSM, MTV Studios, Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Round House, Chelsea Arts Club, The Fuel Girls, Kerrang Music Awards, Soho House, Café Royal, Cafe De Paris, Grosvenor House, Soho Review Bar, Pangaea, Aura, Paper and Glass, The Hospital Soho, The New Connaught Rooms, Embassy, Ministry Of Sound, The Roof Gardens, Sin, Attica, Max Power Live, NEC Birmingham, Torture Garden and Face Party.

Film and television credits include: feature dancer and choreographer for the 1940s film Gin & It directed and produced by Maria Micetich and Leila Gaabi, the instructional pole dancing DVD The Art of Pole Dancing Vol.1, dancer in the pop video The Space Cowboys, dancer and choreographer in director's show-reel Pole Our Eyes, directed and produced by Anna Heighway.

Elena has been a member of the entertainment trade union Equity since 1995 in Canada and following her move to London, in 2003 she became a member of the British Equity (membership number M00240415). She takes an active role in the Equity Pole Dance Working Party and the Choreographers Committee. These working groups meet quarterly at the Equity headquarters to discuss issues relevant to the industry.

Elena's other qualifications include Level 3 of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) (R0043384) and the first officially appointed "Level 3 Pole Dancing Instructor" for the UK, from Pole Dance Community (PDC), Winner of "Instructor of the Year 2012" - from the International Pole Dance Fitness Association (IPDFA). Elena is the UK representative of the International Pole Federation (IPF) since 2006 and appointed board member of the International Pole Fitness Federation (IPFF) since July 2011 as well as member of the International Dance Council (CID-UNESCO).

Recognized for her experience, teaching qualities and industry recognition, Elena has been invited on the panel of judges at numerous international competitions, having accepted to participate as a judge at the following: "Miss Aerial Pole Switzerland, Germany & Austria 2010" Hamburg, "Irish Pole Dance Championships 2010" Dublin, "Pole Art 2010" Stockholm, "Aerial Pole International 2011" Bern, "Pole Dancing Universe 2011" Denver, "Italian Pole Dance Championships 2011" Rome, "Miss Pole Dance Brazil World 2011" Curitiba, "Pole Art 2011" Helsinki, "UK Professional Pole Championship 2011" Birmingham, "Aerial Pole International 2012" Bern, "World Pole Sports Championships 2012" London, "Ukrainian National Pole Championships 2012" Odessa, "French Pole Dance Competition 2012" Paris, "European Pole Championships 2012" Rome, "Pole Art" Helsinki 2013.

Elena is currently director and principal teacher at Pole Dancing School, London.

Elena's videos

Elena performing the Black Swan show

Elena performing the Arabian show

Elena performing the Tango Pole show

Elena & Beatrix Ong Autumn Winter 2010

Elena rehearsing

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