Ashley Lean began her training in her hometown Ballarat with Anita Coutts School of dance before commencing her full time training at The National Theatre Ballet School under Beverly Jane Fry.
After Graduating with a Diploma in Classical Arts in 2007 from N.T.B.S, she began her professional career dancing with Melbourne Ballet Company in 2008 during their Balanced Perspectives season.
In 2013 Ashley joined Victorian State Ballet performing soloist roles in both Madame Butterfly and Alice in Wonderland.
During 2013 she also had the opportunity to perform as a guest artist with Melbourne City Ballet Company in both Quantum and Parallel connections season.
At the Beginning of 2014 Ashley moved to Japan to perform in a stage show “One Mans Dream 2” at Tokyo Disneyland, performing many dance roles including iconic Disney characters such as Cinderella and the Evil Queen.
After Ashley returned to Australia in mid 2015 she rejoined Victorian State Ballet Company. Over the following years she performed in a variety of Contemporary works and Classical Ballets including, Giselle, Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Cinderella, Snow White and many more.
At the end of August in 2017 Ashley took her final bow in her professional dancing career during her retirement show performing her favorite role as the Step Sister from Cinderella
In 2018 Ashley has been appointed the position as Creative Associate with the National Dance Theatre of Australia to help shape it into one of the leading dance companies in Australia.
Career highlights for Ashley: Step Sister in Cinderella, Winter Fairy in Cinderella, Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, Odalisque in Le Corsair, Guest dancer for Melbourne Opera in Carmen, Cygnets at L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Week and performing as a Disney Princess at Tokyo Disneyland.
Ashley is very excited to re-join the teaching faculty at DAAM School of Dance and help spread her passion, experiences and years of knowledge with the next generation of dancers.
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Sharne began her dance training at the age of 3, training in ballet, tap and jazz. Through her years dancing she has also studied hip hop, contemporary, lyrical and Spanish.
She danced with Dance in Perspective in Perth, WA, before moving to Melbourne in 2017.
In 2015 Sharne was awarded the CSTD Theatrical Shield while also completing her CSTD Classical Teaching Certificate.
Sharne is familiar with and has taught in the CSTD and RAD Ballet syllabuses, CSTD Jazz and Tap syllabuses and GWT Tap syllabus, applying her knowledge and love of dance to all she teaches.
She has travelled to dance as part of the Global Dance Convention in Sydney and the Dance Excellence International Dance Festival in Los Angeles.
Currently, Sharne is studying a Bachelor of Arts at Deakin University and will be completing her Masters of Secondary Teaching in the coming years.
She is looking forward to joining the DAAM School of Dance Team in 2020.