Ashley R. Smith grew up in the east Tennessee where she trained at Dance Arts, under Bruce Alan Ewing, and Van Metre School of Dance, under Cheryl Van Metre and Amy Morton Vaughn. She also attended Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts for Ballet under full scholarship and studied ballet at the Washington School of Ballet and Maryland Youth Ballet.
Ashley danced with the Appalachian Ballet Company in Knoxville, TN, performing as a principal dancer her last six seasons with the company. She performed at numerous Southeastern Regional Ballet Association festivals, as well as Regional Dance America’s 2007 national festival. She has performed both classical and contemporary ballet, including original works such as In the Shadows; Black, White and Read All Over; Virulent; Flying Dreams; and When the Dust Settles. She has performed in the Appalachian Ballet’s full-length productions and classical excerpts of The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Swan Lake, Don Quixiote, Romeo and Juliet, Carmina Burana, and Witchboy on Bald Mountain. Her favorite roles have been the Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker, Tiger Lily in Peter Pan, and the Autumn Fairy in Cinderella. Ashley also danced for the University of Tennessee Dance Company and produced original choreographic work in student choreography showcases. In addition to ballet, Ashley also has experience in modern, jazz and tap.
Ashley began teaching dance in 2002 when she taught dance in local elementary schools through Rising Stars, a grant-funded outreach program with the former Knoxville City Ballet and University of Tennessee. She later taught children through adults at Van Metre School of Dance in Maryville, TN, until moving to Denver in 2013. Ashley taught creative dance, pre-ballet, and beginning ballet classes at Once Upon A Ballet Dance Academy in Westminster, before moving to Castle Rock.
In 2014, Ashley became an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher after successfully completing the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. In 2015, she completed the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet teacher training workshop. In addition to teaching ballet, Ashley is a local Castle Rock photographer and a Dr. Sears L.E.A.N. certified health coach.
Ashley is excited to teach Once Upon A Ballet classes in the Meadows in Castle Rock. Please contact her at email@example.com for more information about class offerings.