Ashley began her first season with the company in 2012. She first began her training at Dance Unlimited in Oceanside, California where she studied Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop and Lyrical under the direction of multiple instructors including Tessandra Chavez, Eddie Barcello, and her mother Robin Kohler. In addition to her studies at Dance Unlimited, Ashley was highly involved in the Dance Program at El Camino High School. While obtaining her B.A. in Political Science she continued to dance throughout college with The Fusion Dance Company under the direction Kara Stewart, and eventually became Assistant Director of the company for two seasons. Aside from her current work with ZDC, Ashley also dances for independent Choreographers such as Misa Kelly, and Santa Barbara Dance Alliance’s Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, Robin Bisio. She has showcased her own work in Santa Barbara Dance Alliance’s productions BASH and Kinesis. Ashley also teaches Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip Hop in Santa Barbara as well as at the Los Olivos Dance Gallery in Los Olivos, CA.