Elena Iannucci is a teacher, coach and choreographer. Although she has come to specialize in Swing, she has studied and performed all forms of social ballroom dancing.
For eight years she was well known as a performer with The Big Apple Lindy Hoppers, the performance arm of the New York Swing Dance Society under the direction of Tony-award winner Mr. Frankie Manning, one of the originators of the dance.
She’s performed at local events and jazz festivals as well as special extravaganzas such as the Smithsonian’s Tribute to the Swing Era, Lincoln Center’s Midsummer’s Nights Swing, Merv Griffin’s Resorts Hotel, New York City’s First Night, Roseland Ballroom NYC, and the Museum of New York’s tribute to Frankie Manning. She counts among her credits: choreographer of the winning Lindy Hop team at ASDC,‘95 and coach of the Lindy Hop Division winners at ASDC, ‘98.
Although Elena finds performing and the spotlight sweet, her true love and passion is for the playfulness, freedom and spontaneity of the social dance floor. She takes pride and joy in scanning an event and seeing the many generations of dancers who have started in her classes. When you see her on the dance floor, please be sure to make her day and ask her for a dance!
She continues to spread the love of dance and looks forward to helping create many more generations of dance enthusiasts!
Check out Elena dancing in this swing dance jam at Big Band First Friday Dance with George Gee Swing Orchestra.