Elina Miettinen is a New York based professional ballerina, actress and a ballet coach. Growing up in Finland Elina began taking dance lessons in Helsinki when she was a little girl. She was soon accepted to be a full time student at the Helsinki Dance Institute and ballet became her main focus in life.
In 2005 Elina was recognized as a young promising dancer in Finland and was awarded a Pro Dance Scholarship. She completed her ballet studies by spending a year training in Amsterdam and taking summer courses in Paris, Cannes and Copenhagen.
Elina attended numerous high profile ballet competitions in Helsinki (Finland), Mora (Sweden), Grasse (France) and New York (USA). Her performance in New York led her into signing a contract with the American Ballet Theatre as the first ballerina from Finland. She was the recipient of the Igor Youskevitch Award by NYIBC. Elina moved to New York in 2008 to begin her career with ABT.
Elina has performed in nearly all the continents as well as all over the North America. She has made guest appearances in several productions of The Nutcracker around the U.S. and has been invited to perform at several international ballet galas.
Living in New York City for over a decade has opened doors for Elina in other avenues other than ballet, including acting and modeling. Elina has appeared on magazine covers and spreads, such as InLove, Brides and various dance magazines. In 2016 she became the face of a Finnish vitamin drink "Health Lab" with a national commercial campaign. In 2018 Elina appeared in the short film for Rag and Bone, "Why Can't We Get Along" starring alongside Kate Mara (House of Cards) and Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver).
During the spring of 2019 Elina landed lead roles in short films "Island" and "Lucid" as well as a supporting role in a film "Lola" which made it into some of the film festivals in the United States. Elina continues her training in the field of acting while maintaining her dancing skills. Elina speaks three languages fluently, English, Finnish and Russian.
Elina recently launched her ballet course online, "Ballet Body Today" (www.balletbodytoday.com). Her mission is to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to learn ballet and experience the great benefits that ballet can bring.