Ashton fell in love with dance at a young age. As a shy child, it became an outlet for her to grow and break out of her shell. She grew up training in ballet, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre, tap and modern. Her local studio competed nationally and performed locally in the community. Throughout college at Fresno State, Ashton danced with the Contemporary Dance Ensemble and Portable Dance Troupe on campus. She also attended the American College Dance Festival for multiple years where she was able to perform and take class from leading industry professionals. During this time, Ashton began teaching dance as a preschool dance instructor; combining her love of dance and working with children. Fast forward six years and teaching has become her passion as she hopes to continue to share her dance knowledge with students of all ages. Her favorite part of teaching dance is the sense of accomplishment her students feel through dance training. Prior to moving to Chicago, Ashton went on to pursue her master’s degree in Kinesiology from St. Mary’s College of California where she studied fitness and exercise science. Her interest in movement allows her to blend the science of exercise and the art of dance which brings her immense joy.
When she’s not teaching or dancing, Ashton loves exploring outdoors or spending time with her family. Some of her favorite things include animals, photography and music.