Ashley Ferguson has been dancing for over 20 years and has studied everything from Ballet to Ballroom to Belly Dance! She has danced with several professional companies throughout the years, namely Mandala Danceworks, Diavolo Dance Company and San Pedro City Ballet, as well as competed nationally in the UDA College Dance Team Competitions. She has served as Dance Captain for award-winning modern choreographer Karin Lynge Jensen and taught along side Ballroom Dance icon Bobby Burgess from the Lawrence Welk Show.
Classically trained, Ashley can perform traditional dances specific to Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Burlesque, Hip Hop and nearly every style of Belly Dance including Tribal and Cabaret, and Ballroom Dance including Swing and Latin. She has done intensive study of World Dances such as African Dance and Thai Dance, and gathers influence from Martial Arts and Folkloric traditions. Her taste for excitement and danger has led to a new found love of Circus Arts including Hula Hoop, Batons, Contortion, Aerial and Fire Dance! What sets Ashley apart from the rest is her ability to blend several different genres together in a dynamic and innovative way. Whether it is Ballet-Burlesque or Hip Hop-Belly Dance, her "Fusion" adds to the atmosphere of any party, and her passion and energy immediately light up any room and get everyone on the dance floor.
In addition to being a great performer, Ashley prides herself on being a wonderful teacher. With a teaching resume that includes Dance Studios, High School Programs, Gyms and Goddess Workshops, she has taught all types of dance to all different ages, sizes and dance abilities. And Belly Dance is her specialty!
Her Fusion Belly Dance company, Mandala Danceworks delivers fantastically unique performances that make audiences say "WOW". Whether it's Modern African Fusion, or Aerial Ballet danced with Ladders and Silks, they can pop/lock, lift/leap, and even balance swords on their heads! Mandala has received numerous awards including Belly Dancer of the Universe Group Category 2008, Breakthrough Fusion Competition 2011, and several People's Choice awards at various festivals. Based out of LA, Mandala travels to San Francisco and Las Vegas several times a year to perform, and will be making their debuts in New York, Wisconsin and Hawaii in 2012-13. Whether it's Cabaret or Tribal Fusion, the dances and costumes are appropriate for all ages, and depending on the size and set-up of your venue they can bring 2-12 female dancers. Several of the dancers also Fire Dance and perform Circus Arts, and if you have a certain theme in mind they can choreograph something new that fits the flavor of your party. For more info please visit their website or Facebook.
Being a muti-talented Variety Performer, Ashley also dances with The Brazen Booties, a Vaudeville style Neo-Burlesque Troupe known for their vibrance and versatility. The troupe has several musical numbers (with or without strip tease) from shows like Chicago, Cabaret and Guys and Dolls; the perfect entertainment for a Speakeasy party! Ashley signed on in June 2011 and serves as Dance Captain/Assistant Choreographer. Her Variety Acts include: Pointe, Tap, Hula Hoop, Double Hoop, Poi, Batons, Ribbon, Ball, Sword, Veils, Fans, Isis Wings, Ladder (Aerial/Contortion), and Fire Dance!
With all that talent, there is no end to the possibilities for her performance at your party! She tailor makes her shows for individual events and would LOVE to start helping you plan yours! :)