Faculty

ASHLEY BARNES

Ashley is originally from Griffin, Georgia where she began her dance training at the age of four under the direction of Mitch Flanders. She has been a teacher for the past fourteen years at Studio D. Ashley has been a company member of The Griffin Ballet Theater for the past nineteen years where she has taught extensively as the Ballet Mistress for the past five years and held the position of Assistant Ballet Mistress for the previous 2 years. Ashley has been a staff member and ballet instructor for the past ten years with Festival Dance at UGA. She has had the honor to serve as an adjudicator for the Governors Honors Dance program over the past several years. She continues her dance education studying under various teachers such as; Kat Wildish, Patricia Miller, Paulo Manso De Sousa, Finish Jhung, David Howard, Carol Szkutek and Anne-Sophie Rodriguez. Ashley helps with the establishment of new companies such as Phyzix Urban Dance Theater and Lamorris Namari.

Ashley has had the honor to dance the title roles in Cinderella, Firebird, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid, Giselle. As well as Swanhilda in Coppelia, the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Wendy in Peter Pan, Sugarplum in Nutcracker, Lilac Fairy and Soloist role in Don Quixote. Ashley also has performed as Peter Pan and in Giselle with Savannah Danse in Savannah, Ga. Also as the principal role in Griffin Ballet’s performances of Columbia City’s Dracula and The Lion King.

Along with her dance career she has also been involved in commercial modeling and music videos. Ashley also serves as the Choreographer and Assistant Director for the past five years at Oak Hill Baptist Church for an annual cast of 75 performers.