Ashley Claybrook has been a dancer for 21 years training in jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical, contemporary, modern and hip hop. She began her training at Columbia Performing Arts Centre. Ashley grew up loving all arts but found a beautiful passion for teaching and choreographing. She began her choreography journey at a very young age with the help of her mentors, Jen Lee and Ashley L. Tate.
Ashley’s first year with Ashleyliane Dance Company was in the Junior Training Program at age 17. The following year she was asked to join The Company; she enters her 10th season as a professional dancer. Ashley has performed in a plethora of performances in the St. Louis community and in ADC produced Dance Concerts. Ashley served as the Assistant Director and Contributing Choreographer for the ADC Junior Training Program for many years.
Ashley has worn many hats in the dance industry as many artists do. She is a dance instructor, music director, competition stage manager and an award-winning choreographer for several studios and dance teams in the St. Louis, Columbia and Illinois areas. She has taught a plethora of master classes and travels to share her love of dance with many. She has taught a plethora of master classes and travels to share her love of dance with many.
Ashley has adored her three years as the Owner/Artistic Director in her long time home, DPU Dance. Ashley has taught and choreographed for the Competition Team at DPU for 12 years; she became the Competition Coordinator in 2017. She is very humbled by the overwhelming support of the dance community along this journey.
Ashley is unbelievably honored to teach so many wonderful students and she has gained so much on this adventure as the Artistic Director of DPU Dance. Ashley has beautiful plans in store for the progression of the studio. Here’s to another great year!
“We cannot always build the future for the youth, but we can build the youth for the future.”
Love. Light. Peace. Dance.