Profile Type: Artist
Dance with Ashley/Ashley Hensel-Browning

Ashley Hensel-Browning is a choreographer, dancer, teaching artist and community artist. She is available for both school-based residencies and community arts projects and is primarily interested in developing co-created choreography with different populations of people. Ashley has had experience in intergenerational dance projects, performing arts in prisons, and community center classes. She has taught in camps, libraries, schools, and affordable housing developments. 

Residencies include: 

Choreography: Encourages students to understand and practice the art of dance-making, both exploring and playing with creative movement as well as making their own movement phrases and dances through improvisation. We manipulate time, shape, space, and effort to make our own dances. Experiences are often based on problem-posing methods that encourage experimentation and play. Students are encouraged to share their work with each other throughout the entire process.

Integrated movement classes: Focus on finding connections between movement and other curricular subjects, whether it be choreographic structures and mathematical patterns, narratives in story and movement, physical enactment of historical periods or learning social dances of a particular era, acting out magnetism through the body in pairs, exploring symmetrical and asymmetrical shape through the body... The possibilities are truly endless!

Ashley is also available for Spanish classes to teach salsa, merengue, and tango, as well as Russian and German folk dance.

Ashley is an established choreographer and performer who has performed in works by Trisha Brown, Agnes DeMille, Elizabeth Bergman, Amie Dowling, Jim Coleman, Terese Freedman, and Nell Breyer in venues such the International Festival of Art and Ideas, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA, and MassMOCA. She regularly choreographs for schools, community events, and regional theaters in Vermont. She choreographed for many years with the Opera Theatre of Weston including productions of The Secret Garden, Noye's Fludde, The Magic Flute, The Little Prince, Die Fledermaus. She directed Hansel and Gretel, The Happy Prince, and The Child and the Magic. Most recently she choreographed an orignal story ballet to Evam Premo's score of Thumbelina.

Availability & Rates:
Availability during the school day and on weekends with acceptable advance notice.

Residency rates vary greatly depending on preparation needs, travel expenses, and performance options.

Single class: $50-$300
All day workshop: $300-500
Week Residency: $1500-$4000

Comfortable working with schools and community organizations to make experiences accessible. 

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Choreographer, Dance Educator, Teaching Artist
Mailing Address: 
3057 Weathersfield Center Rd
Perkinsville, VT 05151
Physical Address: 
3057 Weathersfield Center Rd
Perkinsville, VT 05151
Last Name: 
802 263 5253


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Ballet
Dance - Ethnic
Dance - Folk
Dance - Hip Hop
Dance - Jazz
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Dance - Traditional
Populations Served: 
General Public
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
LGBTQ Populations
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts in Healthcare
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Residency - Other
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
Seasons Active: 
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Ed.M. Harvard Graduate School of Education
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Vermont Education Roster

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
open space
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: 
State of Residence: 
Minimum Number of Performers: 
Maximum Number of Performers: 

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - Foreign Languages
Arts Integration - Health
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Mathematics
Arts Integration - Physical Education
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
Ed.M. Harvard Graduate School of Education, Juried Vermont Teaching Artist
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: