Ashley Carter is passionate about her work as a dancer, teacher and choreographer, both internationally as well as in the U.S. Primarily trained in New York, she has studied and worked in many different styles from ballet to lyrical, modern, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, and musical theatre. She has had the opportunity to perform and/or choreograph at venues such as Jacob's Pillow, Teatro Madrid, Battery Dance Festival, The Barrow Street Theater, SummerStage, The Highline Ballroom, Webster Hall, and BB Kings. Ashley is also on faculty at Ballet Academy East, and Ellison Ballet in New York, various schools in Mexico and Spain; former faculty at Peridance, and has taught at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and Ballet Arts in New York City, the Barcelona Jazz Dance Festival, Lines Dance Center in San Francisco, Tony Williams Dance Center and Green St Studios in Boston; Punahou, University of Hawaii, Kailua Dance Academy and the Mid-Pacific Institute in Hawaii, Bender Performing Arts in Phoenix, and Tarrytown Dance in Austin. Most recently she has worked with Michele Assaf, teaching for Broadway Teaches Kids.
She can be seen working alongside artists such as Ricky Martin, NeYo, Lady Sovereign, Nicki Minaj, Cam'ron and Mila Kunis, for companies like Pilobolus, Derek Mitchell, Daniel Gwirtzman, Hanna Q Dance, Germaul Barnes/Viewsic Expressions, RTG Dance Collage, Ruddur Dance, Momentum Dance Theater, Variations Theatre Group, the Little Opera Theatre of NY, Moochaloo and Balasole, and for brands such as Netflix, Nike, Athleta, Nokia, Pixar, Microsoft, Heineken, Yahoo, Ameriprise, the Rachel Ray Show and Lush Cosmetics. She has been seen off-Broadway in shows like West Side Story and 3 to 1. She was invited to Madrid to teach at the Association of Dance Professionals and choreograph for Spanish recording artist Nuria Elosegui. Ashley performed in Sia's music video "Soon We Will Be Found", in Central Park Summerstage, in a Boost Mobile commercial, danced in a feature film with Justin Timberlake, and is credited with choreographing independent feature film "The Ride of Tom and Valkyrie". She has performed with the European show "Compradores de Sueños", premiered the Legendary Dance Project at the Museo del Barrio and has completed her fourth season of New York City's Summerstage. Recently, Ashley was featured in the original dance film "Here We Go Again" (dir. Nathan Cohen), has performed two seasons as Fritz/Rat King/Russia in "DIY Nutcracker", danced in "The Barber of Seville" with the Amore Opera, and worked on a production of "Peter Pan" for Broadway Asia. This past year, she collaborated with the award-winning Taiwanese sculptor Yutien Chang to choreograph and perform in the NYC premier of his latest exposition.
Ashley has choreographed several full-length shows for the company DoubleTake Dance (www.DoubleTakeDanceCo.com) that she co-directs with Vanessa Martínez de Baños, and is very proud of DoubleTake's performance in the City Parks Summerstage festival, Battery Dance Festival, the ACLU's 100th birthday celebration, Carnival Choreographer's Ball, etc. Additionally, with the company, she is credited with directing/choreographing a benefit for Japan and commercials for Fuse TV and Dropps laundry detergent. Also, she routinely travels to the West Coast, Europe and Mexico to teach contemporary workshops. Recent credits include choreographic commissions for the world-renowned Dancing Wheels Company, HT Chen's NewSteps, JPAC's Next Stage Residency, and the Montclair Performing Arts program; choreography for the new musicals "Dragula" and "Parallel Lines", and was also a choreography grant recipient from Eryc Taylor Dance.
Ashley's choreography has been featured in the YAGP finals 2 years in a row, has won many awards at regional and national competitions, and is in high demand in New York, throughout the US, and abroad.