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 sophomore 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. She has spent her last two summers training with the Boston Ballet Summer Dance Program. She has also trained in summer programs with ABT and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB). Ashley was both the highest scoring female in the Junior Contemporary category and a Top 12 finalist in the Junior Classical Ballet category at the 2021 YAGP Atlanta 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 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 third year with Visceral Studio Company this year.