Ashley Marcum (Artistic Director)
My Dance Beginning: I started later than most and began dance at the age of 12. My first studio was Janet Carleton's School of Dance. (Janet was a former Cincinnati Ballet Mistress.) The desire to dance was evident and intense. My journey intensified as I saught more classes at the Cincinnati Otto M. Budig Academy. For five years I studied dance under these two studios with Janet Carleton, Patrick Notaro, Daniel Simmons, Nancy Fountain, and many others. I was soon on the pre professional track taking five-six classes each week to improve and learn in anyway possible. My studies also included summer long intensives where we trained for 5-7 hours a day. My love for dancing kept growing. In the summer of 2002 I traveled to Mississippi and trained with Ballet Magnificat under Kathy Thibodeaux (founder of Ballet Magnificat), Jiri Voborsky, John Vandervelde, Sol Nazario and other company members. I thank the Lord for giving me this desire and ability to dance and opportunity to grow in it.
My Experience: Classical Ballet and Pointe is what my training intensly focused on, but some of the other kinds of dancing I have done: partner, classical variations, modern, jazz, flamingo, tap, yoga, pilates, improvisation and interpretation. My most current performances and dancing have been with - Miami Valley Ballet Theatre and several dance projects/performances with Demetrius Kline.
My Dance Teaching: Previous owner of Oxford Ballet Studio (my old friend Lydia Maglich Sackett) invited me to come teach with her in spring of 2003. After happily accepting I began my journey as a teacher by encouraging others in expression through dance. I took co-ownership of the studio with Angela Brooks in 2007 and changed its name to Flowing Grace School of Dance. In January 2014 I transitioned for a third time to sole ownership of the studio as we bid goodbye to Angela as she moved acrossed state.
I have also taught short programs for gymnastic teams, plays, summer kid groups, VBS's and Homeschool Coop's. It has overall been a wonderful journey. Lord willing I will continue dancing and teaching for many more years to come!
My 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. I eagerly watch with excitement for each of our students as they pursue their dreams. I also feel so blessed to have 3 daughters and 3 sons by my side in dance, and enjoy their dancing talent as it develops. 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!
Ashleys time aside from the studio is spent with her family of 6 children, a few pets, and her charming husband. She also loves the great outdoors, soaking up sunshine, exploring nature with her children and playing piano or drums.
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 taugh 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 acheivements; 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.
Joelah Grace Marcum
I am the eldest daughter of Ashley Marcum. I’ve been dancing here at Flowing Grace School of Dance ever since I was three years old. I have many years of experience in Ballet; several in Tap, Jazz, Modern, and Contemporary. All dance inspires me, though ballet has definitely been the foundation for the forms of dance I have pursued.
Throughout the years I have seen how dance refines people. For me personally it has shown me the value of perseverance, encouragement, and commitment. Even as a little girl I remember dance bringing me joy, and as I have grown older it has continued to be an outlet for artistic expression. Dance isn’t about who’s the most flexible, strong, or capable. Dance is about encouraging one another and having fun. I am very excited to grow into teaching to others what has been taught to me.
Evalyn Rose Marcum
I am Ashley Marcums second oldest daughter. She tells me I have been dancing with Flowing Grace School of dance since I was in her belly! Or technically since three years old. I have 11 years of experience in ballet, and many in tap, Jazz, and contemporary. Though I love all dance. Ballet is what I love most, and is where I have always felt most expressive.
I have always loved and had such a passion for dance as long as I can remember. Ive been assisting my Mom teaching for the past three years. I am so grateful for all the opportunities I’ve been able to have through dance. It gives me so much joy to see how dance can impact everyone around me also. I hope that I may be able to share what a joy it is to dance as I start teaching, and that I can show others that dance is more then being perfect at every step, but it is expressing yourself and having fun by enjoying every bit of it while encouraging each other every step of the way.