The art of belly dance & the community of amazing women have helped me grow and be inspired every day. -Nunah


Elena Faye is an award-winning performer and teacher based in the DC metropolitan area. Born into a family of dancers, painters, and musicians, Elena was surrounded by art from a young age. She first began bellydancing at the age of 14, under the instruction of DC-based dancer Najwah (Karen McLane). After four years of study, Elena relocated to New York City in order to pursue her undergraduate degree at Columbia University's Barnard College.

During her time in New York, Elena had the opportunity to study and collaborate with respected artists such as Jillina, Nourhan Sharif, Ranya Renee, Luna of Cairo, and Kaeshi Chai, among others. She also spent three years as President of the Columbia University Bellydance Troupe, which is host to the annual Collegiate Middle Eastern Dance Conference.

After earning her degree in Middle Eastern Language & Culture with a Minor in Dance, Elena returned to DC where she performs as a soloist as well as a member of the Ancient Rhythms Dance Company and the Nomad Dancers. In addition to bellydance, Elena studied Irish Step dance for 7 years, and has explored modern, ballet, flamenco, garba/raas, kathak, and bharatanatyam.