Ashley Smith began her dance training at the age of 2. She studied all forms of dance and grew up as a competitive dancer in the Dallas and Phoenix areas. She received a scholarship to attend Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated cum laude with a B.A. degree in Dance. Ashley continued her summer dance training at the Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles and at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC, along with Chicago’s Lou Conte Dance Center, River North Chicago, Visceral Dance Center and The Giordano Dance School in Illinois.
After graduating from college, Ashley received a full scholarship to study and perform at the Giordano Dance School in Evanston, IL as a member of the Giordano 3 Company. While living in Chicago, she had the opportunity to perform with numerous Jazz and Contemporary dance companies such as Giordano 3 and Inaside Dance Chicago. She has had the privilege of working with many well-known choreographers such as Doug Caldwell, Mandy Moore, Eddie Ocampo, Brian Friedman, Harrison McEldowney, Nick Pupillo, Nan Giordano, Sherry Zunker, Autumn Eckman, Jessica Deahr, Joel Hall, William Gill, Richard Smith, and countless others.
Ashley’s career progressed even further when she landed the incredible opportunity of touring internationally as a professional dancer and performer with Disney Live!’s “Mickey’s Rockin Road Show”, A Feld Entertainment Production. For five years, Ashley toured internationally and performed in over 25 different countries along the way. After touring with Disney Live!, Ashley relocated back to Phoenix, AZ, to be closer to family, and currently teaches and choreographs all forms of dance across the valley. Ashley is the current Dance Director at Heritage Academy in Maricopa, AZ, teaching dance to grades 6 th – 12 th . Her favorite styles to teach and choreograph are Lyrical, Contemporary, and Jazz. Ashley also travels around the nation as a competitive dance adjudicator and enjoys sharing her lifetime passion of dance and technical knowledge with others. Furthering her education and artistry, Ashley recently completed her MFA in Dance Choreography at Jacksonville University, FL (May 2022). She loves to inspire and motivate dancers and students to be their best and is ecstatic to share her love of dance, fitness, and creativity with those around her!