Elisa Eudora Batts Creech
Dancer Born in Virginia and raised in Maryland, Elisa began her DANCE training at Duke Ellington School of the Arts under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and the teachings of Lynn B. Welters, Sandra Fortune Green, Peter Romero, Kevin Malone, Cathy Smith, Adrian Bolton, and many others. In attending Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Elisa received and enhanced such techniques as ballet, modern, tab, African, and character dance. She received more training at Alvin Ailey's American Summer Dance Program, Dance Theater of Harlem's fall, spring and summer programs, as well as Washington Ballet's summer program. While attending Duke Ellington, Elisa traveled and performed with the Duke Ellington Dance Ensemble in which she performed at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, Jewish Community Center, Walt Disney American Teacher's Awards in Los Angeles, California, and the New World School of the Arts' 4th National High School Dance Festival in Miami, Florida. After graduating from high school, Elisa auditioned and was accepted in to the New School University/Joffrey Ballet BFA program in New York. In 2004, she received her BFA Degree in Ballet from the Joffrey Ballet/New School University program. With aspirations to pour out her gifts and talents to others, Elisa Batts has run her very own dance school/ministry (Eudora Ballet) since 2005 and intends to start a professional dance company that travels abroad.