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.
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.