From Nelson Bay, Australia, Ashley began dancing at the age of three. She trained in classical ballet, contemporary and jazz at the Marie Walton-Mahon Dance Academy in Newcastle, where she studied full-time for two years. At 15, she was awarded her Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal and competed as a semi-finalist in the International Genée Competition held in Athens, Greece. In 2005, she moved to England to attend the Elmhurst Ballet School in association with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. She graduated in 2008 with a Diploma of Dance. She then spent two years dancing in various shows on cruise ships around the world with Royal Caribbean Productions, based in Hollywood, Florida.
Ashley debuted in Swan Lake (2009/2010) followed by the UK and International Tour of Cinderella (2010/2011) where she danced the title role; following that Ashley has performed multiple principal roles with company including Princess Sugar in the 20th Anniversary tour of Nutcracker!(2011/2012), Aurora, a role she co-created, in the world premiere of Sleeping Beauty (2012/13), (2015/2016 UK and International tour), Kim Boggs in Edward Scissorhands (2014/2015) and Lana in The Car Man (2015). Most recently, to great critical acclaim, she originated the role of Vicky Page in the world premiere of The Red Shoes (2016/2017 UK and US Tour). For this role she won the Hospital Club 100 award for Theatre and Performance 2017 and in November 2017 she won the Critics‘ Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Female Performance (Modern).
Other Career Highlights: Ashley was Dancing Times magazine Dancer of the Month February 2016 and featured on the cover of the December 2016 issue Film and TV Matthew Bourne’s Christmas and Sleeping Beauty.
Marie Walton-Mahon Dance Academy
Elmhurst Ballet School
For NEW ADVENTURES
- Swan Lake – 2009/10
- Cinderella – 2010/11 & 2017-19 Mabel (2010/11), Cinderella
- Nutcracker! – 2011 Sugar
- Sleeping Beauty – 2012 & 2015/16 Aurora
- Edward Scissorhands – 2014/15 Kim Boggs
- The Car Man – 2015 Lana
- The Red Shoes – 2016/17 Victoria Page
- Matthew Bourne's Christmas – 2012
- Sleeping Beauty – 2013
- Cinderella – 2017 Cinderella