Edinburgh-based hip hop dancer and choreographer
Trained at Edinburgh's Telford college (now PASS), where she completed an HND in Professional Stage Dance, as well as by hip hop and house dance pioneers in New York, Paris and Holland, Ashley has nearly a decade of experience in both performing and teaching.
Ashley is a popular teacher in the Edinburgh community, teaching adults and children in studios, dance colleges and schools. Under her brand, House of Jack, she also organises regular workshops by international and local dancers. She has a love of hip hop culture, imparting its history and foundations to her students. Ashley has a passion for outreach; she is very active in projects working with youth and community groups, and is keen to engage and involve young people.
Ashley recently won Creative Edinburgh's 2018 Independent Award.
Ashley has a strong interest in hip hop theatre, founding company Jackin' the Box in 2010 and youth company Mini Jackers in 2014, now covering 8-14 and 14-21 year olds. In her theatre works, she explores the dark or difficult elements of the human psyche, including sociopathy, social anxiety, OCD, insomnia, and effects of modern technology on young people, producing thought-provoking and gripping pieces.
Ashley was the only female to be picked as one of five choreographers to take part in Breakin' Convention's inaugural 'Back to the Lab' project in 2012, travelling to London to be mentored by Jasmin Vardimon and Jonzi D to choreograph a piece shown at renowned venue Sadler's Wells.
As well as teaching regular public classes, Ashley is available for private group workshops or one-to-one sessions in dance, teaching, choreography and the creation of theatre work - contact via email or facebook.
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