Welcome to Dance with Ashley, my blog and website dedicated to encouraging, questioning, and learning about dance in our communities.
I am Ashley, a teaching artist, dancer, parent and partner as well as a joy-seeker, education junkie, and breadwinning farm lady.
I dance and play in small-town Vermont with my three kids, Aurora, Saul and Leona, and handsome stay-at-home farmer man, Sean. We have dance parties regularly, little lambs in the winter, cider in the fall, and a constant supply of dirty dishes and diapers.
I strongly believe in the power of movement to help us all be happier, more aware, engaged and connected people. Please use this space as inspiration for dance in your family life or in your schools, studios, and communities. I have ideas, lessons, and music to help guide you in your dancing adventures.
Please get in touch by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ashley Hensel-Browning works as a dance educator, community artist, and choreographer. She has received multiple grants for her work in public schools and community sites and is a Juried Teaching Artist on the Vermont Arts Council Teaching Roster. Ashley received her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her B.A. from Hampshire College where she designed her own concentration in Dance Education and Community Development through the Arts. Her work focuses both on curriculum and community development through movement. Recent projects have included a teacher training and residencies incorporating math in movement in the Berkshires, choreography residencies throughout Vermont, library programs that integrate literature and movement, and work with youth in restorative justice programs. Past projects have included work at Boston Ballet's CityDance, dance in correctional facilities, family dance classes, and teaching dance at various summer programs.
Ashley is an established choreographer who works seasonally with the Opera Theatre of Weston. Most recently she choreographed The Secret Garden, Noye's Fludde, The Magic Flute, The Little Prince, Die Fledermaus and directed Hansel and Gretel, The Happy Prince, and The Child and the Magic. She is the co-artistic director and founder of ZoAsh Dance, a modern dance company that has performed in Cambridge, MA and as part of the Green Mountain Festival Series. Her work has been presented at Harvard University, Hampshire College, and Mount Holyoke College. She is an avid performer and has performed in works by Trisha Brown, Agnes DeMille, Elizabeth Bergman, Amie Dowling, Jim Coleman, Terese Freedman, and many others as venues such the International Festival of Art and Ideas, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA, and MassMOCA. She regularly choreographs for local schools and community events in Vermont.
Ashley is currently a teacher at the Dance Factory in Springfield, Vermont under the direction of Kate DeRosia. Ashley teaches ballet, modern, hip hop, and jazz. She directs and choreographs the studio's annual production of The Nutcracker and spring recitals. She also coaches the Springfield High School Dance Team.