Ashley grew up in a competition dance studio environment at two highly successful suburban Chicago dance studios. Alongside her studio company competitions, Ashley started to choreograph and compete independently her own pieces at the age of 11. Ashley is now a junior dance student and a member of the Dance Repertory Company at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, where she trains under the direction of Randy Duncan, Patrick Simoniello, and Graca Sales. She has trained in summer intensives at Arts Umbrella, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Boston Ballet, Ballet West, ABT, and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB). Ashley was the highest scoring female in the Junior Contemporary category and a Top 12 finalist in the Junior Classical Ballet category at the 2021 YAGP semi-finals. Ashley has trained in nearly every dance genre and has been training en pointe since age 12. As she has matured as a dancer, she has grown a particular passion for contemporary ballet and she is always seeking unique ways to blend classical ballet into more expressive contemporary movements. She is truly inspired by Nick Pupillo’s unique brand of choreography. Ashley is excited to be starting her fourth year with the Visceral Studio Company this year.