Born Elena Samodanova in Moscow, Russia, the professional dancer has won four major dance titles while working in places including Asia, the U.K., Australia, the U.S. and Europe.
Samodanova competed on Dancing With the Stars with Shannon Noll in 2012. She has also been a judge and choreographer on the Russian version of DWTS.
Samodanova got married to Gleb Savchenko in July 2006. They share daughter Olivia (born in 2011) and Zlata (born in 2017). The duo announced their split in November 2020 after 14 years of marriage. They finalized their divorce almost one year later.