ARTISTIC DIRECTOR | CHOREOGRAPHER | TEACHING ARTIST
Ashley McQueen is a New York - based dancer, choreographer, teaching artist, and fitness instructor.
With an emphasis on athleticism and humanism, McQueen approaches all aspects of her work with an artistic openness, clarity in communication, and joyful passion.
Originally from Montgomery, AL, Ashley McQueen graduated with a BFA in Dance from Webster University in St. Louis (Class of 2013) and an MFA in Dance from Hollins University, Class of 2018.
Throughout her time in St. Louis, McQueen developed a strong network of artists and professional experience. She performed with Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company under Jennifer Medina for two seasons, as well as occasional project-based work. She was twice invited by ANNONYArts to independently choreograph/direct two evening length concerts at Satori, An Artist Space. As a Kranzberg Exhibition Series Guest Artist, McQueen choreographed Laune, a site specific dance performance on rideable lawnmowers for Laumeier Sculpture Park. The work culminated in a film installation, Harmony in 3, by Zlatko Cosic that remained on exhibition through February 2016.
Since moving to New York in Fall 2015, McQueen performed with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, Shawnbibledanceco., Sans Limites Dance, Eunoia Dance Ex, Artistic Abandon, and Bom Diggs. She also presented work at PLATFORM (NYC Transit Museum), Footprints Modern Dance Festival, Westfest Dance, HeForShe Arts Week NYC, Dance Astoria Festival, Take Root at Green Space, Tiny Dance Festival, Amalgamate Artist Series, Sans Limites Dance Winter Concert, Marie-Christine Giordano Salon Series, and BIPA Festival of Cultures.
McQueen’s choreography has been presented at the Dance St. Louis Spring to Dance Festival, American College Dance Festival, St. Louis National Dance Week, and Regional Dance America SERBA Festivals. She set works for companies such as The Big Muddy Dance Company, Arova Contemporary Ballet, Alabama Dance Theatre, and Southern Danceworks. McQueen received the Monticello Award/full tuition scholarship to attend the National Choreography Intensive as both a dancer and choreographer.
In addition to directing and choreographing for Smashworks, McQueen freelance performs throughout the city, teaches for Pure Barre West Village, and works as a Teaching Artist for Notes In Motion Dance Theatre and the West Side YMCA.
SMASHWORKS MASTER CLASs
With an emphasis on artistic exploration, Contemporary with Ashley McQueen is a fusion of classical modern techniques, improvisational structures, and the athletic and musically-driven style of the New York-based company Smashworks Dance Collective. Dancers begin with a technical warm-up in the center, intermixed with improvisational moments that allow students to test physical boundaries while focusing on intention and dynamics. Class progresses across the floor with fast-paced floor work and full body movement. Finishing off in the center, dancers learn a phrase and explore the possibilities within it as McQueen creates space for variation, improvisation, and physical contact.