Ashley began her training at Buffalo City Ballet and the Conservatory of Classical Dance, and graduated from The Academy of Ballet Fantastique in 2004. As one of the founding members of Ballet Fantastique's contemporary chamber company, Ashley has performed many acclaimed soloist roles, including: 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); Princess Cassandane in The Book of Esther: A Rock Gospel Ballet (with the UO Gospel Choir, premiere 2014), the Celestial Maiden and Princess Taema in Tales from the Floating World (with Portland Taiko and international koto player Mitsuki Dazai, premiere 2014); Isabel de Romeo, the tomboy in ZORRO (with the LA-based band Incendio and violinist-composer Kim Angelis, premiere 2013); Lizzy Bennette, the lead in Pride & Prejudice: A Parisian Jazz Ballet (with Gerry Rempel Jazz Syndicate, premiere 2013); 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); 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. 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.
College: BA, Journalism-Broadcasting, University of Oregon
Favorite BFan Role:
Marilyn in American Christmas Carol
A very good glass of wine, yoga and strength training, real books
Pointe shoes: Gaynor Mindens
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