She does for now. They both are "madly in love". Polunin talks about Elena-ballerina in his interviews, praises her work in "Rasputin", plans to design a ballet just for her. She follows him, attends all his ballet galas and events, and he follows her, they travel all the time, he gives ballet lessons to her Academy students... They do "dancing on the street and ballet poses" where ever they go...
Here is one interview:
rus: "А вообще, у меня на Лену большие планы (смеется). Хочу сделать большой проект на тему Болливуда. Лена хорошо танцует."Знаменитый танцовщик – об участии Елены Ильиных в балете "Распутин".www.sport-express.ru
eng: "In general, I have big plans for Lena (laughs). I want to create a grand project on the Bollywood theme. Lena is a good dancer (dances well)."
She is in love, and "ballet" comes as a lucrative package deal (not in a pragmatic but rather "artistic" sense)..
Do you know the difference between "attending at the age of 18-20 a good university to have an interesting and financial rewarding career, while skating if and when times allows", and "a 25-year old skater, with no plans for education, switching from her life-long successful career of an ice dancer to ballet-dancer, just because she fell in love with a rather flighty dude with interesting romance history"?
Education, or career..... always come first, "lovers" 2nd..
I sometimes wonder what alternate universe you inhabit and if some spaceship beams you to earth to observe poor earthlings as a hobby.
She is now in Ufa, Russia, training kids for a week, he's in London rehearsing for a new ballet and then a tour in Italy follows and it goes on. They are both working hard on their separate projects but they do work together sometimes.
Please go read those interviews again for yourself, Polunin does not see her as a ballerina, but simply a figure skater who dances well.
There comes a point in the life of an adult when extreme diets, training in a freezer for 8 - 10 hrs daily then performing in barely there costumes for elusive pieces of plastic sometimes just don't seem all that important.
Please go hover over her mother she'll be more than glad to inform you she has pursued her education. While she hasn't posted her graduation photos all over instagram she isn't an uneducated country bumpkin.