Ashley Earl

Why do you teach?

I teach because it gives me life to watch a child or teenager (even adults) gain confidence through dance. As much of a joy it was to perform myself, teaching is much more satisfying for me.

Your favorite dance moment?

It would either be the time I placed as the top overall soloist at Turn It Up! My sophomore year of high school or the first time I walked on stage with my first creative movement class and I watched their faces light up.

Why you teach at DSOM?

I grew up here. This place is my home. My coworkers and students are like my family. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Personal Fun Fact

I really, REALLY do not like cotton balls or hotdogs.

How long you have been dancing and teaching?

I’ve been dancing since I was 7 years old, started assisting when I was 12 and started teaching when I was 18.

Message to your students:

My hope for you is that dance becomes more about an overflowing heart of passion than it is about the competition. You have a purpose. Let the music and your body teach you that.