ASHLEY STAFFORD • JAZZ
Originally from Bloomington, Indiana, Ashley Stafford came to New York City by way of Lexington, Kentucky. A free-spirited and hyperactive choreographer, teacher, performer, photographer, and pianist, Ashley’s love for the arts began at a very young age with the Indiana University pre-college ballet and music programs. She graduated with honors and received her Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance, as well as a minor in Psychology, from Transylvania University.Ashley currently teaches for the Children and Teens Program at Broadway Dance Center, at Breaking Ground Dance Center, and at Downtown Dance Factory. Her choreography has been showcased in shows such as the Brooklyn Dance Festival, Gotham Dance Theater's Emerge Choreographer's Showcase, in the New York Jazz Choreography Project, at the Holi Hai Festival on Governor's Island, and in the NACHMO 2018 Theater Performance. Most recently, Ashley choreographed, filmed, and edited a concept dance film titled ‘tides’, which was selected to be included in an art installation at the Plaxall Gallery in Long Island City. She performs regularly for both stage and for film, and has appeared on MTV, Good Morning America, and Telemundo to name a few. Ashley aims to fuse together her diverse training, life experiences, musical knowledge, and passion for the arts to create works that are relatable, genuine, and powerful.
Ashley’s jazz class is centered around developing musicality, strength, and individuality. Each class begins with a warmup that includes cardio, stretching, and building awareness of proper alignment, and then leads into a series of progressions across the floor that develop foundational jazz steps and techniques. With her combined backgrounds in music and athletic training, Ashley’s class will offer combinations that are both physically and musically challenging. As a firm believer that hard work is fun and freedom in dance can be found once strength and power are built, each dancer will leave class feeling energized and accomplished.