My name is Ashley Touchette. I am a 16-year-old dancer from the French River area. I started dancing at the age of 3. I also practiced gymnastics for a few years before deciding to focus solely on dance. I started dancing competitively during my second year at Spotlight Dance Company when I was 8 years old. I enjoy all styles of dance, my favourites being acro, lyrical and ballet.
Because of my skills in acrobatics, I quickly found myself focusing more on hand balancing. In 2016, I was introduced to acrobatic canes by my dance teacher. Since then, I have focussed a lot of my training on the canes and plan to eventually teach others.
I have been training individually with Meaghan Wegg, former Cirque du Soleil artist, for 6 years and I am now part of Meaghan’s “The Academy Circus’s Performance Team” based out of London, Ontario. I perform with them at different locations around London and area, during children activities, in amusement parks, as well as street parties. In September 2022, I attended and performed at the St-John’s International CircusFest in Newfoundland with the team.
I am excited to be an Ambassador for Dance by aKaiserPhoto for the second consecutive year. I love being part of such a great group of dancers and enjoy the opportunity to take photos in new and different locations. And of course, I think Mike and Brittany are pretty great too! ;)