Ashley Carney’s love for dancing began at age 13 when she took her first dance class and she has been in love ever since. In 2015, Ashley graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in dance. During her time at Belmont she studied modern, ballet, tap, jazz, choreography, kinesiology, and performance under the instruction of Debbie Belue, Carrie Gerow, and Maggie Pelton. As a member of the Belmont Dance Company from 2012 to 2015, Ashley had the opportunity to perform in various shows and showcases throughout the Nashville community. In her time at Belmont, she was elected Dance Company Manager and awarded the Achievement in Dance Award and Scholarship as well as the Dean’s Award and Scholarship for Achievement in Dance.
In May of 2023, Ashley graduated with her Master of Arts in Dance Education from the University of Northern Colorado and holds a teaching certification in Dance (K-12) and English (9-12). Through this program, she had the opportunity to take courses in Choreography, Dance History, Dance Curriculum Design and Assessment, and many other topics under instructors such as Sandra Minton, Christy O’Connell-Black, Rima Faber, and many others. Ashley’s thesis research into the use of dance making methods to teach short stories was published in May of 2023.
Ashley currently holds a certification in SugarFoot Therapy as well as a personal training certification from the American Council on Exercise and continues to pursue additional professional development opportunities and certifications. In her classes, Ashley hopes to instill in her students the importance of hard work, compassion, and a genuine appreciate for artistry in dance.