VDA Artist Profile #14
Ashley Hensel-Browning works as a dance educator, community artist, and choreographer. She has received multiple grants for her work in public schools and community sites and is a Juried Teaching Artist on the Vermont Arts Council Teaching Roster. Her work focuses both on curriculum and community development through movement. Recent projects have included a teacher training and residencies incorporating math in movement, making music and making dance, choreography residencies, library programs that integrate literature and movement, work with youth in restorative justice programs, and work as a teaching artist with the Community Engagement Lab. Past projects have included work at Boston Ballet's CityDance, dance in correctional facilities, and family dance classes.
Ashley is an established choreographer and performer who has performed in works by Trisha Brown, Agnes DeMille, Elizabeth Bergman, Amie Dowling, Jim Coleman, Terese Freedman, and Nell Breyer in venues such the International Festival of Art and Ideas, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA, and MassMOCA. She regularly choreographs for local schools and community events in Vermont. She choreographed for many years with the Opera Theatre of Weston including productions of The Secret Garden, Noye's Fludde, The Magic Flute, The Little Prince, Die Fledermaus. She directed Hansel and Gretel, The Happy Prince, and The Child and the Magic.
Ashley is currently a teacher at the Dance Factory in Springfield, Vermont where she teaches ballet, modern, hip hop, and jazz. She directs and choreographs the studio's annual production of The Nutcracker and spring recitals and most recently choreographed an original version of Peter and the Wolf that was performed with live music for over 600 Vermont school children.
Ashley received her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her B.A. from Hampshire College where she designed her own concentration in Dance Education and Community Development through the Arts.