Ashley Rich started her technical training at a young age, fell in love with dance. Her dedication to this art form has led her to amazing opportunities. Some of her greatest achievements were being a finalist on the 8th Season of the hit show, "So You Think You Can Dance", and attending the prestigious Ailey School in NYC, home of the modern dance company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. While studying at Ailey, she got the opportunity to assist renowned choreographer Milton Myers in the Horton technique at The Juilliard School. She also has been featured in music videos, and had a main role in John West's "Loved you tonight", as well as a featured dancer in recording artist Jake Troth's newly released video "Double Black Diamond".
Ashley currently teaches at Downtown Dance Factory in New York City, where she teaches Lyrical and Jazz, and is the choreographer for their three Lyrical performing companies. For the past three summers, she has been the Dance Director for the School of Creative and Performing arts in Los Angeles, Ca., which has both national and international students. She also is a convention teacher/judge for "Turn it up Dance Challenge", guest teaches and choreographs at dance studios and schools nationally. Her primary focus is on Dance Education and Choreography. This passion prompted her to start a youth company in 2014, Rich Dance Project. Rich Dance Project is a New York City based non- profit dance company for teens. Rich Dance Project has performed throughout New York City in different shows such as the Jazz Choreographers Project, Brooklyn Dance Festival Youth Ensemble show, and were featured performers in Tracie Stanfield's SythesisToo Apprentice show. Ashley's mission is to teach youth how to explore the purpose of their talent, develop their ability in a creative and supportive space, and to inspire change through the art of Dance.