Meet Ashley

Ashley is a founding principal dancer with Ballet Fantastique.

Ashley began her training at Buffalo City Ballet and the Conservatory of Classical Dance, and graduated from The Academy of Ballet Fantastique in 2004. With the Ballet Fantastique contemporary chamber ballet company, Ashley has performed many acclaimed soloist roles at home and internationally, including: Katrina Van Tassel in Legend of Sleepy Hollow (with Gerry Rempel Ensemble + Dreos, premiere 2017); Yu Shu Lien in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (with award-winning cellist DaXun Zhang and The Oregon Mozart Players under Artistic Director Kelly Kuo, premiere 2017); Beauty/Natasha in Scarlet Flower: Beauty & the Beast Retold (with Trio Voronezh, premiere 2016); Princess Serena in Dragon & the Night Queen: Celtic Stories (with Gerry Rempel Ensemble and Eliot Grasso, premiere 2016); the Muse and Princess Nausicaa in The Odyssey (with live looping electric violinist Cullen Vance, premiere 2015); Marilyn in An American Christmas Carol (with Halie Loren and her live jazz band, premiere 2014 + 2017 performances); Princess Cassandane in The Book of Esther: A Rock Gospel Ballet (with the UO Gospel Choir, premiere 2014 + 2016 performances), the Celestial Maiden and Princess Taema in Tales from the Floating World (with Portland Taiko and international koto player Mitsuki Dazai, premiere 2014 + 2017 performances); Isabel de Romeo, the tomboy in ZORRO (with the LA-based band Incendio and violinist-composer Kim Angelis, premiere 2013 + 2018 performances); Lizzy Bennette, the lead in Pride & Prejudice: A Parisian Jazz Ballet (with Gerry Rempel Jazz Syndicate, premiere 2013 + 2015 performances); Angela Catterina Tosello, the priest's niece in The Misadventures of Casanova (premiere 2013); Chiara, the Alluring Lion Tamer in Cirque de la Lune (with Betty and the Boy, Mood Area 52, and Troupe Carnivale, premiere 2011); Stepsister Stasia in Cinderella: A Rock Opera Ballet (with Shelley and Cal and the Agents of Unity, premiere 2012 + 2015 performances); Annie Oakley in As You Like It: A Wild West Ballet (including on Ballet Fantastique's Italy tour in 2013; original premiere 2011); the Fox in Tales of Beatrix Potter (premiere 2010); Wanda, the floozy in Love at the Cafe Terrace (with composer Jeremy DeKyle Schropp and orchestra; premiere 2009); Fossil in Carnival of the Animals (including with Eugene Symphony, premiere 2008); Audrey in Breakfast at Tiffany’s; A Novel Experience (with the Oregon Mozart Players); and live with dozens of groups at home and on tour, including the LA-based band Incendio and the nationally-acclaimed Trio Voronezh. Ashley is known for her sensitive, brave artistic voice and her impeccable comedic timing.

In addition to her work with Ballet Fantastique, Ashley completed a Journalism-Broadcasting major at the University of Oregon with specializations in both news and documentary.

Quick Facts

Hometown: 
Buffalo, NY

Ballet Fantastique: 
Since 2000

College: 
BA, Journalism-Broadcasting, University of Oregon

Favorite BFan Role:
Princess Serena in Dragon & The Night Queen

Favorites:  
A very good glass of wine, yoga and strength training, real books

Pointe shoes: Gaynor Mindens


"Magnificent."

—Gwen Curran
The Register-Guard


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Intermediate Ballet
Advanced Ballet
Ballet Fantastique Repertoire
Conditioning