Ashley McQueen | Artistic Director, choreographer


Originally from Montgomery, AL, Ashley McQueen graduated with a BFA in Dance from Webster University in St. Louis (Class of 2013) and is currently pursuing her 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, 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.



Plunge The Swamp // A prop-oriented political commentary

On One Condition, Body & Pole // 115 W 27th St, New York, NY

Arts On Site Performance Party // 12 St Marks Pl, New York, NY

ENDGAME // Center Stage Theater, Santa Barbara, CA

Smashworks Film Festival // Arts On Site

Hollins University Master's program // Roanoke, VA

Emotions Physical Theatre's Evening of Contemporary Dance // Brooklyn, NY

amanda selwyn dance theatre: refuge

Choreography by Amanda Selwyn

Mark Morris Dance Center // Brooklyn, NY

ON 1 CONDITION: plastic wrap

Choreography by Will Taylor

Dixon Place // New York, NY


Performed duet with Paris Wilcox as part of his MFA in Dance Thesis capstone from Hollins University (2017) // Roanoke, VA

take root at greenspace: fin de la noche

Choreography by Sarah Starkweather

Green Space // Long Island City, NY

lake arts project: danceworks milwaukee

In collaboration with Thom Dancy of Nomadic Limbs

Danceworks Milwaukee + Milwaukee Fringe Festival // Milwaukee, WI


Performed duet with Paris Wilcox as part of his MFA in Dance Thesis capstone from Hollins University (2017) // Roanoke, VA

Photos by Stephen Delas Heras, Theik Smith, Gerry Love, Steve Truesdell, Optik House, Mickey Hoelscher, Paul Miyake