Dance is Ashley’s passion in life. She started dance classes at the age of four. At 8, Ashley starting to dance competitively and over the next fifteen years, Ashley was won many special awards for her passion and dedication to the art of dance.
Ashley has trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Contemporary. She has passed her Al Gilbert tap exams and is presently working on completing her Cecchetti Associate training. Ashley started as an assistant in the younger dancers classes at the age of ten, and by age 16 was teaching the 2 to 8 year old classes. She has had several students win platinum awards at both Canadian and U.S. competitions with her choreography.
Ashley presently has her bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation and hopes to complete a master’s degree in Dance Therapy so that she can bring her love of dance to people with disabilities.
Trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Musical Theatre among others, Heather Keiller has had dance in her world for her whole life. During her studies at Concordia for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary dance she learned skills in the technical side of theatre and dance as well as the art of choreography.
She has worked in theatre as a dance coach and performer, as well as a stage manager and technician. She has been involved in Fringe Festival productions, tap danced at the 2008 Montreal Jazz Festival and has worked as a technician for the Montreal Fringe and Just for Laughs festivals.
She is now thrilled to join the teaching team at Ballet Montreal to further pursue her love of teaching dance.
Guest Modern Dance Instructor
Gillian Seaward-Boone began her dance training in her native province of Nova Scotia, completing an intensive training program in Halifax. Parallel to this, she obtained her undergraduate degree in Anthropology and International Development from Dalhousie University. In 2004, she continued her training at LADMMI (l'Ecole de Danse Contemporaine de Montreal).
After graduating in 2006, she worked with Montreal-based choreographers Roger Sinha, Lucie Grégoire, and Paula de Vasconcelos, among others. Since 2010 she has participated in numerous choreographic research laboratories with Sasha Ivanochko. Gillian joined O Vertigo Dance company in 2007, when she danced in "Etude #3 pour cordes et poulies", and has performed in every show the company has presented since that time. She has performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and South America.
Gillian regularly teaches professional contemporary technique classes and has been a faculty member for numerous contemporary dance intensives and workshops to pre-professional and professional dancers throughout Canada and Europe.