Ashley Marcum (Artistic Director)
Ashley began dance at the age of 12. The first studio was Janet Carleton's School of Dance. (Janet was a former Cincinnati Ballet Mistress.) After realizing this was her passion she joined Cincinnati (Ballet) Otto M. Budig Academy. For six years she studied dance under these two studios with Janet Carleton, Patrick Notaro, Daniel Simmons, Nancy Fountain, and many others. She danced many performances at Music Hall and Arnoff with Cincinnati Ballet. Her studies also included summer long intensives where she trained for 5-8 hours a day. Her love for dancing kept growing. In the summer of 2002 trained with Ballet Magnificat under Kathy Thibodeaux (founder of Ballet Magnificat), Jiri Voborsky, John Vandervelde, Sol Nazario.
Classical Ballet, Pointe, and partnering are the core of Ashleys training, but some of the other kinds of dancing she has studied: classical variations, modern, contemporary, jazz, flamingo, tap, yoga, Pilates, improvisation and interpretation. Between 2005-2010 she performanced with Miami Valley Ballet Theatre and several dance projects/performances with Demetrius Kline.
Dance Teaching: Ashley began teaching dance in Oxford in 2003, took ownership in 2007 with Angela Brooks. In January 2014 she became a sole owner of Flowing Grace School of Dance.
She has also taught short programs for gymnastic teams, plays, summer programs, VBS and Home school Coop's.
It has overall been a wonderful journey developing skills and becoming an Artistic Director. Over the last 20 years as an Artistic Director Ashley has choreographed over 800 dances in about 50 full productions working with 1000s of dancers of all ages.
Goals: Molding dancers into their ability and expression while helping them gain confidence through encouraging corrections. Helping them to push for new goals. Passing on the ability to express and create through movement what sometimes our hearts pen up inside. Challenging dancers to be DETERMINED and Tenacious, not giving up on themselves, as working hard has deep rewards; not just in dancing but for many aspects of life. Ashley greatly enjoys walking with her dancers in part of their journeys. It brings great Joy to see the dancers grow. Flowing Grace School of Dance is delighted to be dancing with you and/or your children. Thank you for being apart of this adventure and blessing!
Ashley's time aside from the studio is spent with her family of 6 children (3 daughters and 3 son). She lives on a little farm/homestead greatly enjoying outdoors, soaking up sunshine, and exploring nature with her children. She is an artist of many forms including being a musician (singing, piano and drums), painting, drawing, photography, wood crafting, and artistic design in home renovation.
Lisa Garrison Hoelle
Lisa (Garrison) Hoelle began her dance training at a very young age at her mother's dance school called Darla's Dance Studio. She also took additional classes at Deweese Academy of Arts, Marilyn & Dennis Gymnastics, Tri-County Gymnastics & clogging with Laura Garcia. In high school Lisa performed as a drill team member "Cadette" for Northwest High School as well as for Tri-County Players Community Theater group. Lisa attended Miami University and received her Associate Degree in Arts. While at Miami she was a member & performed with Miami Universities dance company called Dance Theatre. Through the years as a student & teacher Lisa has attended many master conventions & workshops, as well as, took additional classes at Broadway Dance Center, Dance Space and Martha Graham Dance School in NYC. Lisa has also attended dance teachers training & received her certification for teaching with Dance Educators of America. In 1989 Lisa opened her own studio called The Dance Academy which she operated for 20 years.In 2009 there were some major changes for her family when her nephew was in a bad car accident that resulted in him having a traumatic brain injury. So after much thought she decided it was time to close the studio so she could become his home health aide to help him during his recovery. Lisa also married her husband Rick during this season of her life. Besides running her own studio Lisa has also taught at the following: Darla's Dance Studio (her mothers studio), Deweese Academy of Arts, Sinclair College, A Step Ahead, Flowing Grace School of Dance, two elementary school dance programs and choreographed for local high school musicals and community theater groups.
Among Lisas achievements; while owning her studio she started with her mother Dance Line Express. Lisa's students & her competition team have won numerous high point overall awards, entertainment awards, titles & special judges awards. Several of Lisa's dancers have gone on to perform in college, professionally in the US & London, as well as, some becoming dance teachers and studio owners. In 2013 Lisa's nephew was doing well enough in his recovery that she no longer needed to be his home health aide so she has been very excited to get back to doing more teaching again so she can pass her love of dance to the next generation of dancers.
When Lisa is not teaching dance she works as a caregiver for the elderly and enjoys spending time with her husband, family & friend's.
Demetrius Klein is a performer, choreographer, and teacher. His 501c3 non-profit arts organization, DKDC/DIY Projects, is committed to the creative process and producing uncompromising dance works in traditional and non-traditional settings.
Since forming the Demetrius Klein Dance Company in 1986, Demetrius Klein has significantly impacted the world of dance; performing, creating, and teaching in Palm Beach County. Mr. Klein has presented over eighty works on the stages of major regional venues, nationally and internationally. He and his diverse company members continue to break new ground by actively pursuing and engaging new dance audiences by rehearsing and performing in public places.
Mr. Klein was named 1998-1999 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. He has received three choreographic fellowships from the state of Florida, the Hector Ubertalli Award for Artistic Excellence from the Palm Beach County for the Arts, and a National Endowment for the Arts Choreographic Fellowship. His work has been commissioned by Ballet Florida, the Wexner Center, Jacobs Pillow, Southeastern Center for the Contemporary Arts, The Florida-Brazil Festival, Danza Del Lobo, Minnesota Dance Alliance, the Downtown Development Authority of West Palm Beach, the Palm Beach Symphony, and more.