Faculty

Ashley Jacobs

Ashley Jacobs

Ashley began her formal ballet training at the age of 10 with her mother, Suzann DeLay, and was a founding member of the Central Indiana Dance Ensemble. While with CIDE, she performed soloist roles such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, and Rose in The Nutcracker, Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella in Cinderella, and Wendy in Peter Pan.

While dancing Ashley attended summer programs with The Washington Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Boston Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre.

Ashley attended the University of Utah as a ballet major, and in her sophomore year transferred to Indiana University to study in the Contemporary Dance Program, where she received the Jane Fox Dance Scholarship from the Kinesiology Department. While at IU she danced with The Ben Munisteri Dance Company of New York City, Connie Denapoli from Paul Taylor Dance Company and The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange of Washington D.C.

In addition to performing, she was a featured choreography in IU’s “Hammer and Nail 2008”. She has choreographed for the Central Indiana Dance Ensemble and was recognized at the Regional Dance America - MidStates Festival held in Indianapolis.

Ashley has taught at many local studios, including Indiana University’s Pre-College Dance Program and was an assistant teacher for the freshman dance major’s modern class at IU.  Currently Ashley is a supervising teacher for Butler University's Pedagogy Dance Teaching Practicum Course.

Ashley graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Dance Performance.

Ashley is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Ashley is also certified in the Progressing Ballet Technique Junior, Senior and Advanced Levels by founding director Marie Walton-Mahon.