Introducing the January Skater in Residence – Elladj Baldé

The Skater in Residence to kick off this new decade for Skate Ontario is no stranger to any of us. Most recently, you may have caught Elladj Baldé as a performer and artistic support for the competitors on Battle of the Blades but in truth, skating into the minds of fans everywhere happened a lot earlier. Well known for his ability to express music, Elladj was also an outstanding competitor with a Canadian Junior title, Junior Grand Prix medals, the 2015 Nebelhorn Trophy title, a spot on the World team and a berth on the national team.

A fan favourite, since retiring Elladj turned his attention to a career as a show skater including a stint with Cirque du Soleil. He has also launched a company called Skate Global which is devoted to creating seminars and mentorship for other skaters to develop their performance aspects. This is a man whose passion for skating has extended way farther into the world than his 20 years as a competitor. Let’s just say he’s busy!

Look for Elladj to show us a little about his world on and off the ice. Elladj’s blogs will be posted on September 6th and 20th and there will be a social media activation announced at some point this month too!

To follow Elladj on social media, he can be found here on Twitter and Instagram @elladjbalde and on Facebook

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