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!