Ashley Derlago

Ashley’s passion and drive in dance began at an early age. Starting as a competitive gymnast, after ten years, she decided to focus more seriously on dance. For over seventeen years, she has been dancing in various styles including jazz, hip hop, ballet, Latin, and tap. At the age of eighteen, she became one of the youngest members to join the Blue Lightning Dance Team and she performed at many events, including the Grey Cup with Shania Twain.

Ashley has participated in numerous dance workshops where she has had the opportunity to work with some of the best choreographers in the dance world, such as, Chris Judd, Shane Sparks, Mia Michaels, Dave Scott, Laurie Ann Gibson, Wade Robson, and Brian Friedman.

Ashley has also participated in many dance competitions and performances including ‘In the Zone’ Hip Hop Competition, the Manitoba Provincial Dance Festival, the Pan-Am Games, and a variety of charitable fundraisers.

In 2003 Ashley joined the staff of LA Dance Academy and has since gone on to develop and teach the Back to Dance Boot Camp, Summer Dance Camps and Workshops. In 2005, she received her Preschool Course certification and has since been training new instructors for the program.

Ashley graduated from the University of Manitoba’s Bachelor of Kinesiology program in April, 2007. She is currently employed at The Wellness Institute at Seven Oaks General Hospital and is working towards her National Certification as a Certified Exercise Physiologist. Ashley has enjoyed being a teacher at L.A. Dance Academy where she has been able to share her knowledge and passion for dance with her students and those around her.