Blackbird Dance

Blackbird Dance

5.0 (5)
1 employee
13 years in business

About this pro

I bring many things with me to my students' lessons. including PASSION, A DIVERSE BACKGROUND, VARIETY, FUN, DISCIPLINE, PATIENCE, and a real LOVE for helping others to achieve their goals. I dance because I can't imagine my life without it. But I understand that not everyone feels this way. My goal is to help you reach yours. Whether that goal is to lose weight, gain more confidence, learn your wedding dance, meet people socially, or just spend an hour or two focusing on yourself. And if you happen to fall in love with dance in the process, well, that's the cherry on top! 

I love that I get to witness that unmistakable sense of pride my students feel when they do something they never thought they could. It gives me chills! Every single time. 

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Garland, TX 75044
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5 Reviews


  • Lisa Ziegler

    Ashley is an excellent teacher. She taught both me and my son and made the lessons easy to remember and fun. Always grateful to have one more positive influence in my sons life.

  • jory fine

    Michelle was patient with me when I was learning to dance for my fundraising gala. Had an amazing time and still miss dancing

  • Shoshana Davidowitz

    Ashley is a fantastic teacher! She is patient, a terrific communicator, flexible with her schedule and an overall joy to work with. My husband and I both learned so much and had an amazing experience with our first dance lessons because of Ashley!

  • Michael & May

    The dance instructor was ever so graceful, kind, intuitive and related to our struggle with dance. My wife and I have enriched our relationship with dance, thank you.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

If the student has taken dance lessons in the past I like to start by getting a feel for what they already know and what they might need help with. I usually determine this by asking a few very simple questions and then dancing with them, if it is a single student, or watching them dance if I am teaching a couple.

I find that most people do not have previous experience. And that's okay! Begining students are some of my favorite lessons to teach! If this is the case, I begin the lesson by also asking them simple questions, but the rest of the lesson consists of learning the fundamentals of dance. We have to learn to walk before we can run, right?!

Nothing beats the feeling I get as a teacher, in either case, when my students learn something new and are proud. First time student or advanced, it never gets old. And it's very important that my students always strive to learn something new. If you give up trying to learn, you will cease to improve.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have been dancing since I was a little girl. I began my training with ballet, tap, and jazz. I attended the highschool division of New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida as a Music Theatre major. There I learned the many styles exhibited in musicals such as the choreography of Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins, Michael Bennett, and more. 

The University of Florida gave me the chance to further expand my dance repertoire with classes in Ballet, Modern, Arial, Hip Hop, and West African dance styles. There, I was fortunate enough to take master classes with the likes of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Korea National Contemporary Dance Company.

After some Years at the University of Denver, I became a competitive Ballroom Dancer and Instructor. First with Arthur Murray Dance Studios, and then Fred Astaire Dance Studios. I was hired and trained by Jean-Marc Casanave, the owner of Fred Astaire in Boca Raton,FL and the grandson of the company's creator. No, not Fred Astaire! His name was Charles Casanave. It's a fascinating story..... Ask me about it some time!

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

45 Minute Private Lesson (1 person or 1 couple) - $60

45 Minute Group Class (up to 10 people) - $120

Hourly Rate (parties, shows, special functions...) - $150

What types of students have you worked with?

I have probably worked with every type of person you could ever imagine! It's part of what makes my job so great!

I've taught CEOs, stay at home moms and dads, children, grandparents, and college students. I have had the pleasure of teaching inner city school children, amazing kids with autism and down syndrome, those who require the aid of a wheelchair, and people with dementia and Parkinson's disease.

When people say they can't dance I just smile and say:  "Challenge accepted!"

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My wedding is the most recent event that I am fond of and here is why:

My husband is THE MOST CHALLENGING student I have ever had the pleasure of teaching. EVER! Very early in our relationship I pawned him off on a good friend of mine for all things dance related. I thought I had finally met someone I just could not teach. But he definitely came through for the wedding! One of my proudest moments to date! He learned the entire 4 minute dance in a very short amount of time and practiced it religiously. But the look on his face when it was time for our first dance is really what got me. He could have forgotten all the choreography, I wouldn't have cared. It was just such a treat to see the pride and joy beaming from his face. I'll never forget it.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Don't be fooled by fancy resumes and exotic names. If the teacher is a suitable match for you, go for it! If not, don't waste time trying to make something work just because it sounds good. Dancing is a very personal thing. If you are not comfortable with the instructor it will translate to your dancing. But most importantly, you won't be happy. And dancing is the body's way of celebrating!

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Don't get too cerebral about it. Let the instructor help guide you.

Lessons offered

Ballroom Dance Lessons Chachacha Lessons