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Assistant Professor of Theatre
MFA-Dance, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
BA in Performing Arts with a Dance Emphasis, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Classes Regularly Taught
- Musical Theatre
Ashley Miller holds a B.A. in Performing Arts with a Dance Emphasis and a minor in Entrepreneurship from Iowa State University and an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of New Mexico.
Since the age of nine, Ashley has studied a variety of dance genres including tap, ballet, jazz, pointe, modern, African and ballroom dance. She has experienced performance opportunities in a variety of settings such as concert dance, arts & fringe festivals, studio and competition dance, drill team, and musical theatre. As a teenager she toured the United States with Hoctor's Dance Caravan as a Caravan Kid, where she performed and assisted instructors in two summer tours. At Iowa State, she was an active performer and choreographer of the student based modern dance company, Orchesis I and performed in and assistant choreographed the University musicals. She was a dancer in a piece selected to perform at the ACDFA National Gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C in 2002. In the summer of 2003 Ashley traveled to New York City for a month to participate in the Paul Taylor Dance Company Summer Intensive where she studied with former members of the Company and learned Taylor’s repertory. In 2004, her choreographic work, Sleep Tight, was chosen to perform in Salt Lake City and represent ISU at The American College Dance Festival. Upon graduation in 2004 she was awarded the Anna R. Toman Dance Award for being the student that had contributed the most to the ISU Dance Department.
After graduating from Iowa State, Ashley was a dance educator in local dance studios and public schools in Des Moines, IA and was a company member of Des Moines’ professional modern dance company, Hurley & Dancers.
While pursuing graduate work at UNM, Ashley performed in several student works as well as a piece choreographed by guest artist, Stacey Matthew Spence, from the Trisha Brown Dance Company and in the reconstruction project of ROTA, choreographed by Hanya Holm and reset by Don Redlich. She instructed Modern Dance I for three semesters and choreographed the University musical, Greek Row Tragedy. Ashley also taught classes at Keshet Dance Company and did outreach work with homeless children in after-school programs in the Albuquerque area. Her MFA dissertation research focused on and measured how creative dance can benefit the social development and self-esteem growth of 6-13 year old children and has been presented at regional and national conferences.
Since arriving at UCM, Ms. Miller has been awarded the KCACTF Meritorious Achievement Award for Choreography for her work in A Chorus Line and helped the UCM dance program achieve recognition in the February 2012 issue of DanceStudio Life magazine. Most recently, Ms. Miller performed and presented her choreographic work at the 2012 KC Fringe Festival at The Unicorn Theatre.
Ashley also holds teaching certifications in beginning levels of ballroom dance, yoga and Zumba. She is an active member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA). She is the BFA Musical Theatre advisor as well as the advisor for The UCM Dance Company and ABC Dance Company on campus. Ms. Miller serves as faculty choreographer for all main stage musicals and productions and is the coordinator and choreographer for the Spring Dance Concert.