A native of Chicago, IL, Ashley began her dance training at Ballet Legere in River Forest, IL, and at the Chicago Multicultural Dance Center (CMDC). She earned her high school diploma at The Chicago High School for the Arts (Chiarts) where she continued to study dance. Ashley graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance and a minor in criminology from Webster University. While at Webster University, Ashley has had the opportunity to work with artists such as Michael Uthoff, Maggi Dueker, Dawn Karlovsky, Betsy Brandt, Xi Zhao, and Beckah Reed. She has also had the privilege of performing works by Ballet Hispancio, José Limón, Tara Webbe Filomena Cacciatore, Monica Newsam, and Gregory Dawson. During her time in college, Ashley performed as a company member with the K/P Project under the direction of Kameron Saunders and Prince Lyons. Recently, Ashley had the opportunity to travel to Accra, Ghana to study traditional West African dance and Noyam techniques. Currently, Ashley is a teaching artist with South Chicago Dance Theatre and a performing artist with The Rooted Space Company.
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