Ashley was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She began training in Irish dancing at a young age with the Smith-Houlihan Irish Dance Academy. In 2004, Ashley was crowned the World Irish Step Dancing Champion in Belfast, Ireland. At that time she was the youngest American female ever to win the world title. Ashley went on to win two more gold world medals in 2005 and her last in 2009. Ashley was also named one of the Top Irish Americans.
In 2006, Ashley moved to New York, and attended Manhattanville College for four years, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Dance and Theatre. After graduating she continued to grow in all dance forms such as Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre Dance and Tap. She also continues to study voice and acting at various studios throughout the city.
Some of Ashley’s professional credits include being seen on TV as a top 30 female finalist of season seven, So You Think You Can Dance, and a featured dancer in the Oscar-nominated film Silver Linings Playbook. Ashley is a member of the EMC program and has recently worked regionally on shows such as Westside Story, (Anybodys) A Chorus Line,(Kristine) Peter Pan, (Wendy) Pippin, All Shook Up, Guys And Dolls, and A Christmas Carol (Ensemble.) Ashley was also the principal dancer on the first national tour of Rockin Road To Dublin.
When Ashley is not performing professionally, she is teaching and choreographing all dance forms for studios all over the United States. She recently became a certified Irish Step Dancing teacher (TCRG). For lessons and more information on Ashley please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also follow her on instagram @aswchoreography