Our children are very blessed to have Mrs. Elesia Brasell as the owner of the Monroeville, Al, Applause Dance Studio. I am constantly amazed at the training the students under her watchful eye receive. Her students' performances WOW the crowds and I myself could not believe the skill level of her students. SO, I asked if I could take my camera over and spend the afternoon with her class. Having worked with these girls briefly already, I had been trying to get back over to her studio since Christmas. When I found out more about Mrs. Elesia, I was no longer surprised why her students were such performers. Elesia herself, started dancing when she was 5 and was awarded a full scholarship at the prestigious Alabama School of Performing Arts. Her professional career began in 1982 with the Burchfield Ballet Company, Inc. Her accomplishments included Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and various contemporary repertoires. She also has guest artists come to Monroeville to give classes for her students as well. Some of those include: Miss Dorothy Lister from The Jeoffrey Ballet School; Elie Lazar from Lazar New York; Christopher Dean from Radio City Music Hall; and Laura Villalobos from the Montgomery Ballet. Through her affiliation with the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, National Discovery Network and Mike Miller Dance Team, she has connections that enable her students to have opportunities usually afforded to those in large cities.
I don't know her level of Cheese Straw making...that is yet to be determined. But hey.....she can always buy some and TELL me that she baked them (OR she can call Sheila to make a Key Lime Pie for me) ....After all...she can't be PERFECT...right? SO until I find out more about Elesia's baking skills....I'm leaving her ranking with me at a 15 out of 10. b