2018-2019 Company Dancers

Jamaikah Banks
Jamaikah Banks began dancing at age two as a liturgical dancer at Friendly Temple Baptist Church where she was the youngest dancer alongside the adult praise dance group. She was a dance pathway graduate at Grand Center Arts Academy and was a recipient of the St. Louis Dance Career Award. Ms. Banks has performed in plays, musicals, dance, and choir concerts with Innervision Dance and Theater Company. She attends Lindenwood University pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in contemporary dance with a double minor in theater and music. In summer 2018, Ms. Banks produced and made her choreographic debut in an original work entitled "Queen’s Kingdom". She was a member the Ashleyliane Dance Company (ADC) Junior Training Program for three consecutive summers and became an ADC apprentice the fourth year. Ms. Banks is currently a second season Company member.

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Season 2
Hannah Buehrer
Hannah Buehrer, a native of the St. Louis Metro-East, began dancing at the age of five. She trained with Angie’s School of Dance and Heavenly Rhythm Dance Company where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and hip-hop. Professionally, Ms. Buehrer has danced at the Clay Cooper Theater in Branson, MO and participated in a commercial video shoot. She has danced and trained in St. Louis, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Orlando and New York. Ms. Buehrer is a season 2 member of Caleb Brauner’s KinFigure Kollective mentoring program and a first season dancer with the Ashleyliane Dance Company.

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Season 1
Amy Coyle
Amy Coyle is a St. Louis native whose dance path began at Wildwood Dance and Arts (now Devine Performing Arts). She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance with a minor in Fine Arts Entrepreneurship from Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) in Cape Girardeau, MO. She has had work presented in SEMO mainstage dance concerts, as well as in the American College Dance Association informal concert. Ms. Coyle is currently assistant director at Devine Performing Arts. She is a licensed cosmetologist and is thankful and humbled to be living a life she loves surrounded by the love and support of friends and family. Ms. Coyle began her affiliation with the Ashleyliane Dance Company (ADC) in 2012 as a summer apprentice and has been a proud member of ADC in seasons 9, 10, and now 12.

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Season 4
Phil Durkee
Philip "Phil" Durkee has been training in various dance styles for more than 20 years. Born and raised in Peoria, IL, he grew up dancing at D/D Productions where he became active in competitive dance and acrobats for 14 years and joined the tap, jazz, lyrical, and acrobats teaching staff. In August 2012, he joined his sister in opening her studio, Miss Laura's School of Dance, and served on the teaching staff for one year before graduating with his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Bradley University. He earned a Master of Education degree in Higher Education from Iowa State University during which he supplemented his graduate school experience with dance classes in ballet and tap at Robert Thomas Dancenter in Ames, Iowa. Mr. Durkee continued his dance education in contemporary, modern, tap, jazz, and ballet at Central Studio as well as Ashleyliane Dance Company (ADC). He periodically travels back home to Peoria as a guest choreographer for Miss Laura's School of Dance and has choreographed award-winning routines performed at numerous regional and national dance competitions. In May 2017, Mr. Durkee was a guest artist in ADC's Spring Dance Concert: “RISE”, after which he officially joined the professional company and is now in his second full season. Mr. Durkee is employed at Washington University in St. Louis as Office Manager of the Performing Arts Department. Outside of dance, he enjoys traveling to various national parks, and trying out new restaurants and sites in St. Louis alongside his wife, Kate.

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Season 2
Jenny Dyson
Jenny Dyson took her first dance class at age five. She has trained in hip hop, jazz, ballet, tap, modern, contemporary and Irish Step Dance at Angie's School of Dance, Heavenly Rhythm Dance Studio, and Rena's Dance Unlimited. She was a member and occasional choreographer of the State Champion Collinsville High School Dance Team. After graduation, Ms. Dyson co-choreographed an award-winning competition routine for the JV team. She attended Missouri State University and graduated with a degree in Organizational Communication and dance minor. While at Missouri State, she performed in faculty-choreographed dance concerts in addition to performing and choreographing for student- choreographed dance concerts. Ms. Dyson also choreographed various dances for her sorority. She was selected to attend and perform in the American College Dance Festival (ACDF) in Natchitoches, Louisiana her junior year and served as a captain for the Diamond Girls Dance Team. Ms. Dyson graduated with a Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. While in Columbia, she took class and performed with the Columbia Performing Arts Center. She currently works as an Account Executive at New Honor Society. Ms. Dyson is so excited to be with the Ashleyliane Dance Company again this year.

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Season 3
Jessy Dyson
Jessy Dyson started her dance journey at age 5. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, hip hop and Irish Step Dance. She grew up in Collinsville, IL and trained at Angie’s School of Dance, Heavenly Rhythm Dance Studio and Rena’s Dance Unlimited. She performed and choreographed for the Collinsville High School Dance Team and won back-to-back state championships. Ms. Dyson graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Honors College of Missouri State University with a degree in Organizational Communication, a minor in dance and a certificate in Conflict and Dispute Resolution. During her time at Missouri State, she performed in faculty-choreographed dance concerts and choreographed as well as performed in student-choreographed dance concerts. She also kept busy by choreographing and competing dance routines with her sorority. Ms. Dyson was a member of the Diamond Girls Dance Team in college and served as co-captain for two years. Ms. Dyson attended the University of Missouri – Columbia and received a Master of Business Administration degree. She took class and performed with the Columbia Performing Arts Center during her time in Columbia. She now works as an Account Executive with Shaker Recruitment Marketing and teaches dance at Dance Art Dance Studio. Ms. Dyson is excited to continue dancing with the Ashleyliane Dance Company and can’t wait for what the season will bring!

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Season 5
Hannah Finnegan
Hannah Finnegan began dancing at three years of age, and has studied ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre, contemporary, and hip-hop. She trained and performed with Krupinski Academy of Dance and American Dance Troupe until she graduated high school. While at Krupinski’s, she worked closely with teachers: Tess Boyer, Brandon Fink, Marcus Johnson, Paige Johnson, Mark Krupinski, Ashley Krupinski, Traci Soule, and Debbie Wood. Although Ms. Finnegan focused on concert dance rather than competitive dance, she attended many conventions, such as NYCDA, JUMP, Velocity, DanceMakers, and Monsters. After finishing high school, she began studying dance at Colorado State University (CSU). She studied with faculty such as Judy Bejarano, Chung-Fu Chang, Melissa Corr, Madeline Harvey, Matthew Harvey, Amber Mazurana, Lisa Morgan, Lindsay Pierce, Carol Roderick, Jane Slusarski-Harris, and James Wallace. She has also had the opportunity to take master classes taught by Complexions, Impact Dance Company, Martha Graham Dance Company, Momix, Ormao Dance Company, Rennie-Harris Grass-Roots, Verb Ballets and more. Outside of CSU, Ms. Finnegan attended master classes taught by Ashleyliane Dance Company, Backbone and Co., Hamilton Evans, Kenya Clay, and more. She also attended intensives hosted by the Big Muddy Dance Company and Entity Contemporary Dance. Ms. Finnegan, graduating Cum Laude, was the first person to receive a BA in Dance from Colorado State in three years. She favors storytelling in dance and has taught ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, and hip-hop for four years. Since her first improvisation class taught by Jane Slusarski-Harris, Ms. Finnegan has had many choreographic works featured in the dance concerts at CSU and smaller works with associates. She wrote the first Dance Undergraduate Student Handbook for the CSU program, and founded and served as president for the Dance Student Advisory Committee. Through her dancing, choreographing, teaching, and more, Ms. Finngan works to inspire young dancers to stay motivated in the pursuit of their goals and aspires to use dance to help serve the community.

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MaKayla Hunter
MaKayla Hunter began her dance training at the age of two at Playhouse Dance Studio and later at Debra Colliers School of Dance (DCSD) at age 11. She was a member of the DCSD competition team until she graduated in 2013. Ms. Hunter continued her dance education at Anderson University (AU) graduating with a BA in Dance Performance and a minor in Nutrition. She performed in an American College Dance Association piece that was chosen to be performed at the Kennedy Center. While a student at AU, she worked as a dance program office assistant and was as a dance teacher at the Henry County YMCA. In August of 2017, Ms. Hunter moved from Wabash, Indiana to St. Louis to begin her professional dance career with Ashleyliane Dance Company (ADC) continuing her aspiration to be a dance instructor and choreographer. Ms. Hunter is currently in her second season with ADC and is a dance instructor at Formations Dance Center in Herculaneum, Missouri.

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Season 2
Chasity Johnson
Chasity Johnson, at age 5, started her dance training at the Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club taking ballet, hip hop, and modern technique classes. She was a Mathews-Dickey pom pon squad member. Ms. Johnson was a Shaw Visual and Performing Arts School recipient of a Center of Creative Arts (COCA) dance program scholarship. She was a member of the KIPP Inspire Academy step team and was co-captain for her middle school cheerleading team. She has taught hip hop and pom pons routines for Mathews-Dickey and was assistant choreographer for high school dance teams. Ms. Johnson has been a backup dancer for artists King B and the band Pink Floyd. She has performed in several dance concerts and musicals while attending Grand Center Arts Academy. Ms. Johnson joined the Ashleyliane Dance Company (ADC) in 2016 as a member of the Junior Training Program. This is her first year in the Company.

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Jacquilynn Proctor
Jacquilynn (Jaci) Proctor, originally from Peoria, Illinois, began her affiliation with Ashleyliane Dance Company (ADC) as a junior program trainee. She was intrigued by ADC because of its mission and diverse dance style choreography. She has performed various dance roles in multiple festivals and shows with ADC including: Fringe Festival, Dance for Food, and National Dance Week all performed in St. Louis, MO. She has traveled to Chicago, Illinois to perform with ADC on the PULSE on Tour’s stage as a guest company and in the 2016 Choreographer’s Carnival. Mrs. Proctor performed in New York at Peridance Capezio Center, TADA and the Baruch Performing Canter. She has taught hip hop, jazz, and contemporary for M and M Dance Studio in St. Louis, Missouri and Taylor's Academy of Dance in O'Fallon, Illinois. Mrs. Proctor choreographs solos for competition team members at those studios and additionally at Water Street Dance Company. Mrs. Proctor is currently a licensed hairstylist and makeup artist. Her cosmetology artistry is affiliated with Ted Talks, Ashleyliane Dance Company and professional photography studios, including Wildfire Photography. After 7 years with ADC, Mrs. Proctor continues to be a Company dancer but is also ADC’s assistant director and rehearsal director.

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Assistant Director
Thomas Proctor
Thomas Proctor began dance training at age 20 when he joined the dance program at Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO). He has trained with several SEMO guest artists including Brenna Monroe-Cook (Limon Dance Company), Brandon Cournay (Keigwin + Company), and Ashley L. Tate (Ashleyliane Dance Company). During an ACDFA master class with Ashley Tate, Mr. Proctor decided to embark on a dance career path. Mr. Proctor graduated from SEMO with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance degree and subsequently came to St. Louis to audition for the Ashleyliane Dance Company. In August 2018, he debuted his original choreographic production entitled “Prism”. He is an ADC dance instructor and co-choreographer for select Company pieces. Mr. Proctor is in his 6th season with ADC and is honored to be a part of this amazing organization. He is currently in pursuit of a Master of Fine Arts in Dance.

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Season 6
Jeanie Stephenson
Jeanie Stephenson, a St. Louisan, began dance training at Dynamic Edge Dance Center and continued training there for 11 years. While at Dynamic Edge Dance Center, she was a member of the competition team for 8 years, winning numerous regional and national awards. Her standout awards include: Runner-up to Dancer of the Year 2016 at Celebration talent competition, a choreography award at The Power of Dance Competition, and top scoring group routine at Celebration Talent Nationals. She has been in various productions with the Missouri Ballet Theatre, including: The Nutcracker, Cinderella, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Dancing on the Edge, and The Little Mermaid. Ms. Stephenson was a member of the Ashleyliane Dance Company (ADC) Junior Training Program for three seasons, where she was asked to be an apprentice with the Company. She was a founding member of ADC UNBOUND Mentoring and Training Program. Ms. Stephenson attends Lindenwood University where she studies Contemporary Dance.

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Ashley Tillman
Ashley Tillman has been a dancer for 19 years training in jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical, contemporary, modern and hip hop. She began her training at Columbia Performing Arts Centre. She grew up loving all arts but found a passion for teaching and choreographing. She began her choreography journey at a very young age with the help of her mentors, Jen Lee and Ashley L. Tate. Mrs. Tillman’s first year with Ashleyliane Dance Company (ADC) was in the Junior Training Program at age 17. The following year she was invited to join the Company. She has performed in a plethora of performances in the St. Louis community and in ADC-produced dance concerts. Mrs. Tillman is a dance instructor, music director, competition stage manager and an award-winning choreographer for several studios and dance teams in the St. Louis, Columbia and Illinois areas. She has taught a plethora of master classes and travels to share her love of dance with many. She is a teacher and choreographer for the competition team at Movement Arts Center.

Mrs. Tillman has recently become the Owner/Artistic Director at Dance Productions Unlimited (DPU). She has taught and choreographed for the DPU competition Team for 8 years; she became the Competition Coordinator in 2017. She continues to live out her dreams as a dancer with Ashleyliane Dance Company and excited for the journey ahead. Mrs. Tillman is in her 10th season as a professional dancer and is currently the Assistant Director and contributing choreographer for the ADC Junior Training Program.

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Season 10
Garret Welker
Garret Welker began his dance career at the Conservatory of Theater and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) where he originally studied musical theater, but soon focused his passion for the arts on dance. While at SEMO he had the opportunity to work with several choreographers including Larry Keigwin, Jennifer Archibald, Sam Watson, Nan Giordano, Geoffrey Alexander, Maray Gutierrez, and Victor Alexander. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2015, Garret moved to Chicago and trained in the Giordano II program, where he worked closer with the Giordano Dance Company and worked with choreographers such as Roni Koresh and Joshua Blake Carter. After his time with Giordano, Mr. Welker worked as a freelance performer. He had the opportunity to travel to Ireland in August 2018 to perform and co-choreograph in Soilsigh 2018, a multi-media performance that brought together dancers, musicians, and visual artists from all over the world to raise awareness about the dangers of human trafficking. Mr. Welker is in his first season with the Ashleyliane Dance Company.

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Tobias Wells
Tobias Wells exhibited an innate talent for the arts early in his youth, most noticeably in singing, drawing and dancing. He credits learning to appreciate music from his musically talented father. Being a lover of music, he joined the Grand Center Arts Academy (GCAA) Front and Center Show Choir in 6th grade to enhance his vocal training. Mr. Wells participated in many dance performances at GCAA and attended the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) to study screenwriting, tap, hip hop, art and theater. While at CGAA, Mr. Wells honed his performance skills by landing roles in The Ties That Bind (2013), The Wiz (2016), A Chorus Line (2017). Mr. Wells was a member of the GCAA Social Justice Organization. Currently, he is in the General Fine Arts Program at Forest Park Community College. He aspires to attend an out-of-state university to study film and cinematography, in hopes one day, to share his life stories with the world through the arts. Mr. Wells is a first-year ADC apprentice.

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Apprentice