Ashley was born in Cairns and began dancing at the age of 7 with 'Creative Moves', and later at 'Daphne Learoyd School of Dance' in Shepparton, Victoria.
Ashley graduated from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), with an Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts (Dance) in 2010, where she was awarded the, Dance Theatre of WA Award 2008, Leinster Award for Dance 2008, and the Hawaiian Award for Ballet 2010.
During and after her training, Ashley spent four years performing with the West Australian Ballet, under the directorship of Ivan Cavallari performing corps de ballet and soloist roles.
She received the award for, Outstanding Performance by a Female in Melbourne’s Short and Sweet Festival for her self-choreographed solo, Other in 2013, and was granted a successful recipient of the Australia Council’s ArtStart Grant 2014, during which time she danced in workshops and festivals across Europe and Asia. Upon returning to Australia, Ashley choreographed and performed Pearl for Lucy Guerin Inc.’s season of Pieces for Small Spaces.
In 2015 Ashley performed in Melanie Lane’s work, Merge for Melbourne’s Dance Massive festival and began dancing full time with Dancenorth Australia, under the newly appointed director Kyle Page.
Over the years Ashley has worked with artists such as Graham Murphy, Marcia Haydee, Garry Stewart, Ivan Cavallari, Nana Bilus Abaffy, Tony Yap, Gregory Lorenzutti, Alisdair Macindoe, Melanie Lane, Kyle Page, Amber Haines, Geoffrey Watson, Stephanie Lake, Ross McCormack, Lee Serle, Lucy Guerin Inc. and Gideon Obarzanek to name a few.
60 SECONDS WITH ASH
BIRTH PLACE: Melbourne, VIC
WHAT AGE DID YOU START DANCING? ‘I started dancing at age 7.’
WHAT ARE YOU INSPIRED BY? ‘My amazing colleagues, good tunes, a creative space and listening in deep.'
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT CONTEMPORARY DANCE? 'I love being in a studio working and sharing with other beautiful creative people, it’s an enriching way to spend my time.’