Studio Owner and Choreographer
Ashley began dancing at the Dance Academy in Marysville at age 4 and joined her first show choir, Electric Youth, at age 8. Ashley continued to dance throughout high school both recreationally and competitively. She was involved in numerous community and school musicals growing up. She was also a member of the Marysville Mini Swingers and the Marysville Swingers Unlimited. She attended Ohio University where she earned a bachelors degree in Psychology and a masters degree in Administrative Social Work. Ashley is active in her local community serving as a director and choreographer of Encore! Union County since 2010 as well as serving on the board of directors for the Union County Chamber of Commerce, the Union County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Distinguished Young Woman of Ohio. Ashley, her husband Derek and their daughters, Callie Jean and Garrett Lynn, live in Marysville.
Choreographer and Office Administrator
Rachel started dancing at the age of three in Marysville, and grew up training and competing in styles of ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, modern, and lyrical. Additionally, she was a member of both the Marysville Mini Swingers, and the Marysville Swingers Unlimited throughout middle and high school. Rachel graduated from Ohio University in 2019, with a B.F.A in Performance and Choreography, then returned back to central Ohio to choreograph at The Academy. She teaches ballet, jazz, contemporary, musical theater and lyrical.
Madison graduated from Ohio University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance and Choreography. She began dancing in 2000 and has trained in many styles including, ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, hip hop, musical theater, as well as tumbling and acrobatics! She is an alumnus of the award-winning Marysville Swingers Unlimited show choir, directed by Jeremy Alfera. Most recently, she performed, Residuum, choreographed by Christi Camper Moore, which premiered in the Winter Dance Concert at Ohio University (2020).
At three years old, Lucy fell in love with the Nutcracker ballet and watched the video countless times. A year later her mom signed her up for dance class and she’s been dancing ever since. Lucy came to the Academy as a student in 2016 and danced with the Academy Dance Company for 3 years. Outside of dance she works as a nanny. And in any free time she has she loves to crochet and bake.
Ellie began dancing at the age of three and has trained in ballet/pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip-hop, tap, and musical theater. She started dancing at the Academy in 2016 when it first opened, competed with the Academy Dance Company, and was an assistant teacher during her Junior and Senior years of High School. She went on to dance in college at Miami University with the Miami Shakerettes, where she had the privilege of performing at a college football bowl game and at the Bengals Paycor Stadium. She recently graduated from Miami with her B.A. in Psychology and is so excited to get back into the studio and share her passion for dance in the place where she fell in love with it.
Student Teacher/Marketing Intern
Greta began dancing at age three, and it has been her passion ever since. She has danced at the Academy since 2016, and is a member of the Academy Dance Company. Greta is currently a senior in high school, and she takes ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, and contemporary. She is very excited to be teaching tap this year!
Student Production Intern
Lila is a sophomore at Marysville Early College high school. Outside of dance, she is apart of Marysville Swingers Unlimited as a Singer/Dancer, Marysville Theatrical Arts, and Red School of Music and Red Chapel Concert Series! In her free time, she loves to read, bake and hang out with friends and family’ At the Academy, where she takes jazz, technique and hip hop! She is so excited to start this new dance season and cannot wait for all the new memories!