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Faculty

Owner and Head Instructor at Studio M Dance Centre, Ashlie grew up in Springfield, Illinois. She has 27 years of dance experience, she is a certified dance instructor through Dance Educators of America in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Acrobatics, Hiphop and Modern. She was a member of Linda Ushman's Dance Centre from the age of 3, starting competing at the age of 7, and continued dancing on her college dance team. Ashlie has studied under many professional from all over the world, receiving several honors including scholarships from LA Danceforce, and Dupree Dance Convention. She studied at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City, competed in many regional and national competitions, and has performed twice in Disney's Magic Music Days program in Orlando Florida, the "Nutcracker on Broadway," and Carnival Cruise Lines. Ashlie graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a dual degree in Early Childhood Elementary and Special Education K-12. She is living in Springfield with her husband Danny and their two beautiful children. Ashlie is elated about this dance studio and program, it has been a dream of hers since she was little, and very excited to see the wonderful opportunities it will bring to many dancers for years to come!

Rachelle started dancing at the age of 3 and was member of Linda Ushman's Dance Centre for 15 years. She is also a certified dance instructor through Dance Educators of America in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Acrobatics, Hiphop and Modern. She was in the company and competitive team.With the dance company, she has performed on Broadway in New York City, at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, performed aboard Carnival Cruise Lines. Rachelle was a member of the competition team for 8 years, and was a studio assistant for 5 years. Rachelle graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Criminal Law. She is married  to her husband Joey and expecting her first baby girl in August. She loves dance and working with young inspired dancers. She is having so much fun already and is looking forward to working with all the dancers.

Claire started dancing at the age of 2 1/2 under the instruction of Linda Ushman at Linda Ushman's Dance Centre. She started with the competition team at age 7, and started with the dance company at age 9. Claire continued dancing through the age of 22 to finish her bachelor's degree. During that time, Claire danced under many professional instructors, and received high honors and scholarships through Dupree Dance and Tremaine, and multiple competitions. She has competed throughout the Midwest, performed in the Disney Magic Music Days at Walt Disney World, performed in "The Nutcracker on Broadway", and has takes classes at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Claire is also a Highland dancer, dancing under instruction at the Ogilvy Studio, and has competed throughout the Midwest and Canada. Claire graduated from LLCC with an Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education, and graduated with honors from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education. Claire lives in Springfield with her parents, sister, and boyfriend. Claire is very excited and honored to be dancing with Miss Ashlie and Miss Rachelle again, and is excited for many opportunities to come

Miss Emily

Assistant Teacher!

Assistant Teacher!

Miss Emily started dance at Linda Ushman dance centre and continued with the studio after it changed to Heather's for a total of 12 years. She was active in the Company and competed my senior year. I also was able to dance in the Nutcracker on Broadway and on Carnival cruiseline twice. Miss Emily started her teaching career at Dance in the Light in Bourbonnais Il where I taught for 7 years before moving back to Springfield with my husband, 2 daughters, and son. I am excited to be back to my hometown roots and teaching again!

Our number one dance mom! Miss Deena has her masters in Dance Mom 101, she has been supporting her daughters in dance for over 25 years and she can do it all. She has traveled all of the world, and can do a quick change in minutes flat. She is our mom and she is the first person you will see when you walk in to Studio M Dance Centre. Miss Deena is the woman that has all the answers, she is the heart of our family and a major asset to our dance family..