Elesia Ashkenazy's love of classical ballet began as a child in California. Her journey started in figure skating, yet 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. 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, Elesia returned to figure skating to coach skaters using her knowledge of classical ballet and dance to develop the artistry, grace, strength, flexibility, confidence, and overall presence of her students on ice. Elesia is honored to pass down and share all that she has internalized throughout her skating and dance careers. The smiles she sees upon the faces of her students as they meet their goals bless her with deep gratitude and satisfaction.
As the Founder and Director of both Skaterina and Ashkenazy Classical Ballet, Elesia is committed to continued growth and stellar service within the Pacific Northwest. To learn more about the artistry, athleticism, training, and technique involved in shaping a dancer, a skater, or a "Skaterina," click on Elesia's websites, which have been highlighted above.