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Ashley L. Tate
Founder, Artistic and Executive Director
Lead Choreographer
Web Manager

Ashley Claybrook
Ashley Claybrook has been a dancer for 15 years training in jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical, contemporary, modern and hip hop. She began at Columbia Performing Arts Centre, a division of Cedar Lake Ensemble in New York. Ashley is a graduate of Rock Bridge High School where she danced and choreographed for three years on the nationally-ranked poms squad. Ashley 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 is a teacher and choreographer for the competition teams at Dance Productions Unlimited and Movement Arts Center. Ashley has taken part of the Artistic Direction at Dance Productions Unlimited as the Team Coordinator. Ashley’s first year with Ashleyliane Dance Company was in the Junior Training Program at age 17. The following year she was asked to join The Company. Ashley is currently the Assistant Director and contributing choreographer for the ADC Junior Training Program.


Assistant Director - Junior Training Program
Hip Hop Teacher

Jaci Layman
Jacquilynn Layman has been in St. Louis for 5 years, a transplant from Peoria, Illinois. Jaci started with the company as a junior program trainee and is now the rehearsal director and beginning jazz teacher. Jacquilynn also teaches hip hop and jazz for M and M Dance Studio in West County. At M and M, she choreographs solos and and groups for their award-winning competitive team. Jaci works at Meché Salon as a stylist and a makeup artist. She has done hair and makeup for Ted Talks, Ashleyliane Dance Company and professional photography studios, including Wildfire Photography.


Rehearsal Director

Ania Colvin
Administrative Associate
Production Stage Manager

Yvonne R. Tate
Development Assistant

Thomas Proctor
Thomas is happy to celebrate his fourth year with The Ashleyliane Dance Company this year. Thomas started his dance career in high school, dancing with his school's show choir. Following high school, he attended Southeast Missouri State University, graduating with with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in Dance. Through SEMO, Thomas received the oppourtunity to work with faculty and guest artists studying Horton and Limon technique and contemporary artists such as Larry Keigwin, Pilobolus artists, and Ashley L. Tate. Thomas is currently a dance instructor at Grand Center Arts Academy and is a modern and body conditioning instructor for ADC. In what spare time he has left, Thomas has also founded The St. Louis Broadsword Academy, teaching the style of the Historical Highland Broadsword. Close

Modern Instructor

Morgan Cameron
Morgan Cameron is a native of St. Louis who has taught dance and movement for all ages for over fifteen years. As a student, Ms. Cameron studied ballet under well-known St. Louis instructor, Nathalie LeVine, and attended summer programs at some of the country's most prestigious ballet schools, as well as attending The Harid Conservatory her junior year of high school. Ms. Cameron went on to perform with Milwaukee Ballet II, Milwaukee Ballet, Atrek Dance Company, Collective Motion, and The Slaughter Project before joining The Big Muddy Dance Company as a founding company member, where she performed for five seasons. Ballet pedagogy has been a passion for as long as she can remember and she has studied Vaganova ballet technique specifically, under The Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet's John White, and under Mimi MacDonald Sitterly, founder of Dance Education Consulting. Morgan's passions outside of dance include practicing yoga, running the company she and her husband founded, Jackson Pianos, and spending time in the outdoors with her husband and two children. Close

Ballet Mistress

Gheremi Clay
Gheremi Clay, is a St Louis dancer, choreographer, singer and actor. Gheremi, started his dance training at The Center of Creative Arts (COCA) in University City at the age of 16. He studied dance styles such as modern, jazz, ballet, and hip hop. At the age of 18, Gheremi participated as a featured dancer in his first full length musical production of "Ragtime" at COCA. Gheremi started his vocal training at 19 under the direction of Phil Woodmore and since then, has done the productions of Bring it On, Songs for a New World, Akeelah and The Bee as Dr Larabee, Memphis as Delray Jones, Uptown as Victor and currently Beauty and the Beast as the Beast. Outside of musicals, Gheremi participates as a soloist in the traveling production of "Antigone in Ferguson", "Drum Major Instinct" and "The Phil Woodmore Singers" under the musical direction of Phil Woodmore. At 21, Gheremi currently teaches dance at Best Dance and Talent Center, COCA, and Central Visual and Performing Arts High School! Close

Hip Hop Instructor

Sarah Mathews

Acting Coach

Audrey Simes
Audrey Simes (Los Angeles, CA) trained with Tracy Vonder Haar, Jennifer Narin-Smith, and Diane De Franco Brown in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Musical Theater before moving to St. Louis in 2008. She graduated with a Self-Designed Interdisciplinary Major in Performance Art from Webster University in 2012. Simes integrated the Dance, Visual Arts, Music, and Media Communications Departments working with Beckah Reed, Iyun Harrison, Jimena Paz, Alicia Mack-Graf, and guest artists from Alvin Ailey, Philadanco, David Dorfman Dance, and Cirque du Soleil. Simes attended American College Dance Festivals and the New York University Summer Dance Intensive working with Ron K. Brown, Robert Battle, and Gina Gibney. Simes’ works have been exhibited in concert with the Big Muddy Dance Company, Leverage Dance Theater, Consuming Kinetics Dance Company, the Saint Louis International Film Festival, Greensboro Dance Film Festival, Pinnacles Gallery in Townsville, Australia, Artica, Copenhagen Artists in Residence, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, the Contemporary Art Museum, the Mad Art Gallery, Duet Gallery, and the Saint Lou Fringe Festival. Her studies, choreographic works, and performances have taken her abroad to Hong Kong, Beijing, China, and Hua Hin, Thailand. Close

Jazz and Tap Instructor

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Collaborating Artists

Gerry Love, Bob Morrison, Jonathan White, Peter Wochniak (ProPhoto STL)

Eddie Holman, Brandon Sloan (Dancing Shoes Productions), Jonathan White

Makeup Artists:
Jaci Layman, Jill Nassif, Monika Ruzicka