Staff

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Ashley L. Tate
Founder, Artistic and Executive Director
Lead Choreographer
Web Manager

Jacquilynn (Jaci) Layman
Jacquilynn Layman has been in St. Louis for 6 years, a transplant from Peoria, Illinois. After receiving training from Water Street Dance Company, Dance Connection and Honey's School of Dance, Jaci was chosen to be a member of the Ashleyliane Dance Company (ADC) Junior Training Program. ADC is a professional performance organization based in St. Louis, Missouri that specializes in blending modern, jazz, and contemporary training with urban street dance. The Company offers outreach activities that include choreography, performances, master class instruction, workshops, and private lessons. Jaci now serves as the Assistant Director of Ashleyliane Dance Company and is in her seventh season as a company dancer. Her tenure with ADC has provided a plethora of experiences, including but not limited to: Fringe Festival, Dance for Food, and National Dance Week (St. Louis, MO), Choreographer's Carnival (Chicago, IL) and the REVERBDance Festival and Peridance Choreographer's Showcase (New York, NY). Jacquilynn previously taught hip hop, jazz, and contemporary for M and M Dance Studio in St. Louis, MO and Taylor's Academy of Dance in O'Fallon, IL. She continues to choreograph solos for the award- winning competitive teams at M and M, Taylor's Academy of Dance and Water Street Dance Company in Washington, IL. Jacicontinues her artistic freedom as a hairstylist, working at Meché Salon as a stylist and makeup artist. She has also served as a cosmetologist for Ted Talks, Ashleyliane Dance Company and professional photography studios, such as Wildfire Photography.

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Assistant Director
Rehearsal Director

Ashley Claybrook
Ashley Claybrook has been a dancer for several years, training in jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical, contemporary, modern and hip hop. She began at Columbia Performing Arts Centre, a division of Cedar Lake Ensemble in New York. Ashley is a graduate of Rock Bridge High School where she danced and choreographed for three years on the nationally-ranked poms squad. Ashley 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 is a choreographer for the competition team at Movement Arts Center and the owner and artistic director of Dance Productions Unlimited. 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. Ashley is currently the Assistant Director and contributing choreographer for the ADC Junior Training Program

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Assistant Director - Junior Training Program

Ania Colvin
Administrative Associate
Production Stage Manager

Yvonne R. Tate
Development Assistant

Morgan Cameron
Morgan Cameron is a native of St. Louis who has taught dance and movement for all ages for over fifteen years. As a student, Ms. Cameron studied ballet under well-known St. Louis instructor, Nathalie LeVine, and attended summer programs at some of the country's most prestigious ballet schools, as well as attending The Harid Conservatory her junior year of high school. Ms. Cameron went on to perform with Milwaukee Ballet II, Milwaukee Ballet, Atrek Dance Company, Collective Motion, and The Slaughter Project before joining The Big Muddy Dance Company as a founding company member, where she performed for five seasons. Ballet pedagogy has been a passion for as long as she can remember and she has studied Vaganova ballet technique specifically, under The Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet's John White, and under Mimi MacDonald Sitterly, founder of Dance Education Consulting. Morgan's passions outside of dance include practicing yoga, running the company she and her husband founded, Jackson Pianos, and spending time in the outdoors with her husband and two children. Close

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Hannah Finnegan
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Hannah began dancing at age three, and studied ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre, contemporary, and hip-hop. She regularly trained and performed with Krupinski Academy of Dance and American Dance Troupe until she graduated high school. Throughout her time at Krupinski’s, she worked closely with the following teachers: Tess Boyer, Brandon Fink, Marcus Johnson, Paige Johnson, Mark Krupinski, Ashley Krupinski, Traci Soule, and Debbie Wood. Although Hannah focused on concert dance rather than competitive dance, she attended many conventions, such as NYCDA, JUMP, Velocity, DanceMakers, and Monsters. After finishing high school, Hannah began studying dance at Colorado State University. She studied with faculty such as Judy Bejarano, Chung-Fu Chang, Melissa Corr, Madeline Harvey, Matthew Harvey, Amber Mazurana, Lisa Morgan, Lindsay Pierce, Carol Roderick, Jane Slusarski-Harris, and James Wallace. She has also had the opportunity to take master classes taught by Martha Graham Dance Company, Ormao Dance Company, Impact Dance Company, Momix, Complexions, Verb Ballets, Rennie-Harris Grass-Roots, and more. Outside of CSU, Hannah also attended master classes taught by Backbone and Co., Hamilton Evans, Kenya Clay, and more. She also attended intensives hosted by the Big Muddy Dance Company and Entity Contemporary Dance. Hannah was the first person to receive her B.A. in Dance from Colorado State in three years rather than four. She also graduated with Cum Laude honors. Storytelling is Hannah’s favorite part of dance; therefore, she loves to perform. Hannah took advantage of the many opportunities she received to perform. On the other hand, Hannah also really enjoys to teach and choreograph. She has taught ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, and hip-hop for three years now. Since her first improvisation class taught by Jane Slusarski-Harris, Hannah has loved to choreograph, and has had many works featured in the dance concerts at CSU. Outside of CSU, she has also choreographed smaller works with her friends. Hannah also has administrative experience. She wrote the first Dance Undergraduate Student Handbook for her program, and founded and served as president for the Dance Student Advisory Committee. Close

Tap Instructor for UNBOUND

Ciara Glenn
Ciara Glenn began her dancing at age 4. She has trained in various genres such as jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, lyrical and ballet in the metro Saint Louis area. Growing up, Ciara danced competitively with Studio CAC and Underground At CAC for ten years, and was a member of Ashleyliane’s Junior Dance Company for three seasons. Upon graduating high school, Ciara became a dance team member and served as a team officer on Arizona State University’s (ASU) Spirit Squad where she competed at UDA College Nationals for three years; and cheered/danced at numerous athletic events. Ciara also performed in Super Bowl 49 for the pre-game and half-time show with Katy Perry. Since relocating back to the metro Saint Louis area, Ciara has been teaching both individual and studio technique classes. She has also choreographed and taught for several dance teams and studios in the metro area.

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Jazz and Tap Instructor

Sarah Mathews
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Acting Coach

Thomas Proctor
Thomas is happy to celebrate his fourth year with The Ashleyliane Dance Company this year. Thomas started his dance career in high school, dancing with his school's show choir. Following high school, he attended Southeast Missouri State University, graduating with with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in Dance. Through SEMO, Thomas received the oppourtunity to work with faculty and guest artists studying Horton and Limon technique and contemporary artists such as Larry Keigwin, Pilobolus artists, and Ashley L. Tate. Thomas is currently a dance instructor at Grand Center Arts Academy and is a modern and body conditioning instructor for ADC. In what spare time he has left, Thomas has also founded The St. Louis Broadsword Academy, teaching the style of the Historical Highland Broadsword. Close

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Collaborating Artists

Photographers:
Gerry Love, Bob Morrison, Jonathan White, Peter Wochniak (ProPhoto STL)

Videographers:
Eddie Holman, Brandon Sloan (Dancing Shoes Productions), Jonathan White

Makeup Artists:
Jaci Layman, Jill Nassif, Monika Ruzicka