Educate, Encourage, Engage
Ashleigh was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. She began her dance education and training with The Southern Strutt. She was also a member of The Southern Strutt’s award winning competitive team where she won regional and national titles. During her training at The Southern Strutt, she discovered her passion to teach and choreograph at a very young age. She was 15
years old when she began assistant teaching and it was then that she saw the rewards of educating children in the art of dance. She now has been dancing, teaching and choreographing for over 20 years. After graduating from high school she began her collegiate career at The University of South Carolina where she ultimately received a BA in Experimental Psychology. While pursuing her Psychology degree, she began teaching for The Southern Strutt and for The Gilbert Studio of Dance Arts as a full time faculty member. She had the opportunity to work with both recreational groups and competitive teams during this time.
After relocating to Spartanburg, SC she began working for a local dance studio, where she continued to share her love for the art of dance. The competitive teams under her instruction have received top awards for performance and she herself has received choreography awards in the competitive circuit. Her choreography was featured at the “Dancing with the Spartanburg Stars” charity event where her students were able to utilize their talents to benefit a philanthropic cause. She has also choreographed for the “Miss Spartanburg Scholarship Pageant” and for contestants competing in the “Miss South Carolina Scholarship Pageant.” Her passion for dance has led her to pursue more extensive training in the art. She has had the opportunity to travel the country to further her study in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop. She has studied at The Edge Performing Arts Center, The Millenium Dance Complex, and The Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles thus providing her with the opportunity to work with many prestigious instructors and choreographers.
Ashleigh and her husband Luke have two daughters, Kathryn and Annabelle, and she loves spending time with her family. They love to travel to the beach in the summertime and enjoy going to football games. She also enjoys working with children at her church where she is active in the children’s ministry and programming. Ashleigh hopes that she can have a positive impact on many children’s lives through her involvement in the ministry at her church as well as at Palmetto en Pointe where her role as an educator is equally as rewarding.
Ashleigh is our Company Director and also teaches all of our Acro/Tumbling classes. She is certified in Acrobatic Arts Instruction.
Ashleigh Rivers Asper