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Ashley St. John
Ashley St. John has achieved her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance Dance at Ryerson University with Honours, making her a diverse and versatile performer. She is the recipient of the Theatre and Dance Program Award presented by Nadia Potts.
Ashley shares an extraordinary passion for performing. She began her training at Jacqueline's School of Dance, at the age of five, as a competitive dancer, in jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, lyrical, acro, hip hop, modern/contemporary, musical theatre, and song and dance. It was here where Ashley discovered her true passion and love for dance and the stage. With over fifteen years of dance training, Ashley has received special recognition for her stage presence, technique and emotional execution.
Ashley played the role of Sillabub in Toronto's production of Cats the Musical. It was nominated for a 2014 Dora Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble. She has worked at Canada's Wonderland as a dancer in over eight shows, including most recently "Toxicity", choreographed by Cirque Du Soleil's Julie Perron. She has collaborated with Les Production Haut-Vol and attended Springboard Danse Montreal working with Aszure Barton & Artists. She has had the pleasure to work alongside
Proartedanza and Gadfly for the Triple Bill Tour and UNBXBL: A Theatre Dance Production. She was a featured dancer in "Touch of Psycho" at Toronto Fringe Festival with emiMOTION. She has also performed at the Contessa Awards, Dance Ontario Weekend and David Foster's Miracle Gala. She is currently a member of the TDC Entertainment Company. She has performed under Judy and David including "Jiggijump: World's Greatest Machine" a kids musical with All Together Now Corporation. She was a dancer/aerialist during Panamanian Festival for "Thirst for Love and Water" produced by Sharon Moore and Derek Assland. It was nominated for a 2016 Dora Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble. She also danced in the opening ceremonies for Parapan Games choreographed by Melissa Williams. This past fall, Ashley danced with the Canadian Opera Company for the production of La Traviata. She recently completed a contract with Stage West Calgary in the production of Young Frankenstein. Ashley is currently in Halifax working on Neptune Theatre’s Production of Beauty and the Beast.
Ashley is a certified dance teacher under the British Association of Teachers of Dancing for both Stage and Ballet. Ashley has taught for both the City of Oshawa and Montessori School education, as well as choreographed for her high school dance team and musical. She has been a faculty member at Jacqueline's School Dance since the age of 16. Ashley has been working with children from a young age and continues to strive to be a part of their future. With the proper training and information learned, she believes she can instill these principles to younger dancers who share the same passion as she does. Ashley loves to perform and can't wait to share her talent with the future students in her life. Most of all, Ashley hopes to pass on her true love of dance and performing, and inspire each and every student to follow their dreams.