“One of my mottos to live by is ‘Dream Big, Work Hard.’”
Ashley is currently training under the direction of Salwa Rizkalla at Southland Ballet Academy. She started dancing when she was 3 years old and immediately fell in love. Her favorite form of dance is ballet. After winning gold in the YAGP New York City finals at age 12, she received a full merit scholarship to the Princess Grace Academy in Monte Carlo, where she trained for a year. She also enjoys doing yoga and pilates for cross training!
Ashley has been wearing PerfectFit since 2018. PerfectFit has not just prevented her from getting blisters and bruised toenails, but has improved her overall dancing. “It has helped my feet so much and has improved my turns, balance, jumps, and way of working in my shoes. I love that it feels like you are floating on clouds and that it is completely customized to your foot."
When we asked Ashley to describe her dance journey in the form of a metaphor, she said that “it’s been like a butterfly because they start off as a caterpillar, and then slowly create something beautiful of themselves.” She said that her mentor taught her to “be kind to everyone you meet because it’s such a small world and you never know who you are talking to and what connections or doors that person could open up for you. This is the best piece of advice I ever received and something that the world could use more of.”