Ashley has been dancing from an early age, including training in jazz, tap, ballet, modern, west African dance, salsa, kizomba and Brazilian zouk. She got hooked on afro-latin partner dancing while living abroad in Ghana and Sudan, but when she was introduced to Brazilian zouk in DC in 2012 she fell in love with it. She has studied with top instructors from Brazil, Canada, Spain and the US and has traveled to Brazil to attend several of the most well-known Brazilian zouk festivals and a teacher training with Jaime Aroxa, Renata Pecanha, Jorge Peres, and other top international instructors. Ashley co-founded District Zouk in Washington, DC in 2014 and has helped grow the dance community in DC through regular classes, socials and workshops. She has directed the District Zouk dance team from 2016 through 2018 and has taught at dance festivals in the US and Mexico.
Ashley has received awards for being voted the best instructor at the Midwest Afro-Fusion Festival in 2016 and from the NYC Zouk Festival for her work with District Zouk.
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