Ashley Carney’s love for dancing began at age 13 when she took her first dance class. She pursued this passion throughout high school by studying jazz, ballet, lyrical, modern, broadway, tap, and hip hop at Brentwood Academy and The Dancer’s E.d.g.e. in Brentwood, Tennesse. She spent two years on Brentwood Academy’s dance team, the Academy Dancers, and a year on the competition team with the Dancer’s E.d.g.e. During this time she was selected as a member of the Universal Dance Association All-Star Team and began teaching and assisting with classes at the age of 16.
Ashley graduated in 2015 from Belmont University with a major 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 2012-2015, Ashley had the opportunity to perform in various shows and showcases throughout the Nashville community. She was honored to be elected Dance Company Manager her senior year to serve as a leader for the group and a liaison between the dance program director and company dancers. In her time at Belmont, Ashley was awarded the Achievement in Dance Award and Scholarship as well as the Dean’s Award and Scholarship for Achievement in Dance.
Ashley hopes to instill in her students the importance of hard work, compassion, and a genuine appreciate for artistry in dance.