Elesia Ashkenazy's love of figure skating began at The Skating Edge Ice Arena in Harbor City, California where she took lessons as a child. Passion for artistry and movement on ice led her to the study of classical ballet at a pre-professional level. Elesia has trained and performed under master ballet instructors in California, Oregon, Idaho, and New York City. In 2017, she was recognized by American Ballet Theatre as an outstanding applicant to the Project Plie National Curriculum Teacher Training Scholarship. As an adult, she returned to figure skating using determination, hard work, perseverance, and excellent coaching to fulfill her aspirations. Elesia currently works with several figure skaters and uses classical ballet and dance to improve her students' artistry, grace, strength, flexibility, confidence, and overall presence on ice. She is honored to pass down and share all of the knowledge that she has internalized throughout her skating and dance careers. The smiles she sees upon her students' faces as they meet their goals has blessed her with deep gratitude, and satisfaction.
Elesia is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA), and the Professional Skaters Association (PSA).
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Happy dancing and skating!