Ms. Ashley began her early dance training in her hometown of New Bern, NC, but in her years later received most of her training in Wilmington, NC when her family moved there. She performed in the Nutcracker with roles as the Arabian. At that time, she also began to evolve into the competitive world of dance and began taking master classes, intensives, and began auditioning and competing with her routines, earning her numerous regional and national scholarships and titles. In addition to her scholarships, she also received multiple awards for Highest Scoring Soloist of the Day, Highest Scoring Routine of the Weekend, and other top ranking titles. A routine she performed in was also featured on ESPN2 from their live competition broadcast. She was a scholarship recipient from Dance Spirit Magazine where she was featured in their October 2002 edition. Ashley has over 20 years of dance training, over 16 years of experience as a teaching professional, and has also been a guest artist and choreographer for studios and companies up and down the east coast. Her specialties include ballet, pointe, acro (acrobatics), lyrical, contemporary, and jazz.
Many of her students have won many high-ranking awards, Overall High Score dance awards and prestigious scholarships at state, regional, and national dance competitions across the country, been accepted to such prestigious programs at the Harid Conservatory, the Joffrey Ballet, University of NC School of the Arts, and have gone on to dance professionally on stage and the big screen. Ms. Ashley has won multiple Judges’ Choice/Entertainment Awards and countless regional and national Best Choreography Awards year after year. Not only does she serve as a top and innovative choreographer for many studios and companies throughout the southeastern U.S., but she also serves as a dance judge for several regional and national dance competitions.
She is certified to teach through Dance Masters of America and Carolina Dance Masters, Inc. in ballet and acrobatics, and also has a B.A. Degree in Spanish from the University of NC at Wilmington. Her love of dance was the driving force behind her decision to become a teacher, hoping to inspire other hearts to love dance as she has. She continues to push and encourage kids to be their absolute best always because as she says, “If you know better, do better” and it is important to her that children know the power they have not just as artists, but as people who can change the world. Ashley is the proud mom of two sweet girls, Hayden age 10 and Scarlett who is 4 yrs. old. She also has 3 sweet fur babies, Caira, Apollo, and Leelah.