Ashley Bates, 18, Lake Villa, Illinois
Keystone National High School (online)
This will be Ashley’s third year dancing with Extensions Dance Company, and she couldn’t be more grateful for having this opportunity. Ashley has deeply enjoyed learning from Lizzie MacKenzie-Pontarelli and is very excited about the year to come.
Ashley has been dancing since the age of three, and has known since the first day she stepped foot into the studio she wanted to be a dancer. Over the years, the vision of her future has evolved from wanting to be a dancer to wanting to be an artist. Thanks to the guidance, unique passion, and views of dance from Lizzie, Ashley has been able to explore and develop her artistry and style over her time as a member of Extensions. In addition to Lizzie’s excellent guidance, Ashley has also had the privilege of training with Mike Gosney, Seth Robinson, Taylor Mitchell, Kim Sagami, Sean Rozanski, Graca Sales, Garth Johnson, Sherry Zunker, Miguel Perez, Jared Baker, and many other phenomenal teachers.
This past summer, in addition to training at Extensions, Ashley attended the Rockette Invitational Intensive Week in New York, and the Elements Workshop in Chicago. In previous summers, Ashley has attended the Hubbard Street Summer Intensive Level III workshop, the Rockette Intensive in New York, and Magnus Northwest Summer Intensive in Portland. In Ashley’s free time away from dance, she is expanding her artistry into other genres including modeling and acting. In the future she would love to be a well-rounded entertainer, performer, and artist.
Again, Ashley is very thankful to be a part of the Extensions family. She is confident that with the guidance and incredible knowledge and opportunities that Lizzie provides her students with, she will be able to see her dreams come true.
Photos by Cheryl Mann