Elena Villa’s dance roots go back to the live Middle Eastern music and belly dance scene of 1970s California. She has danced and taught professionally since the mid 1990s and regularly collaborates with performing artists from around the world, including the talented cast of musicians and dancers at the Oregon Country Fair’s renowned Caravan Stage, where she is Performance Coordinator and a principal dancer. In 1991, Elena embraced the art of flamenco, which she performs with live groups and also fuses with belly dance. Elena is frequently a teacher at festivals and retreats where she shares her unique fusion style and original choreography. A lifelong student of traditional dance arts, Elena has pursued intensive study with master teachers from North Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the U.S., and finds great joy in participating in the cross-cultural music and dance community.