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ABOUT US

Studio E Dance & Aerial Arts was founded in 2014, with the vision of creating a space for the whole family. Beginning with only 7 students in the end of the year recital that first year, Studio E has grown to offer over 25 classes per week in both dance & aerial, while we expand our circus program each year. Using dance & circus as a teaching platform our goal is to build self esteem & confidence in every child & adult who attends class at Studio E. 

ASHLEY SMITH

Studio E Founder & Director 

 

By the age of 18, Ashley had performed & trained with the Oakland Ballet, principle dancers of the Sacramento Ballet, & studied under the direction of David Wilcox, Artistic Director of the Long Beach Ballet Arts Center. By age 21 she had traveled to more than a handful of countries teaching & performing with the internationally known performance & arts advocacy group, The Young Americans (YA). Durning her time with the YA organization Ashley had the opportunity to work & perform with some of the industries best including, Micheal Crawford, Laura Bell Bundy, Carol Dennis-Dylan & Emmy nominated writer Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives). After 6 years, 9 tours & countless shows with the YA organization, Ashley returned to her hometown of South Lake Tahoe & began teaching & performing locally.

In 2014, she opened Studio E in Minden & began to share the skill set she acquired over her years of classical training, teaching & traveling. She took her first Aerial class in 2014 & has loved it ever since. She has completed & obtained three teacher certifications through Jill Franklin's Aerial Physique Teacher Training Programs, accredited through American Circus Educators of America (ACE). She has a Dance Instructor Certification through UNLV. In 2017 she completed her Barre Teacher certification. She is always looking for ways to continue her education as a teacher. Ashley was the 2017 Forte Award winner in the Ballet/Contemporary category  which recognizes local artists in the Reno/Tahoe area.