Joanna Ashleigh is a fusion dance teacher and performer based in Denver, Colorado. She fell in love with Middle Eastern and North African folk dances in 2005 and has since studied many of those traditions as well as American interpretations and fusions of those styles. Always yearning for more knowledge, she sought out and completed her BA in Dance, and Minor in Arabic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. She currently teaches in the Denver area and performs locally, and nationally at various dance festivals.
Notable performances include People’s Fair, Lannie’s Clocktower, and Boulder Creek Festival. Additionally, she's been a guest dancer with Beats Antique at Red Rocks, The Denver Convention Center, and The Fillmore. She has also performed at many national festivals, including Elevation Belly Dance Festival, Cues and Tattoos, and JamBallah NW.
She first began dancing with Lia Ridley of Romania, learning various Romanian, Greek, Israeli, Egyptian, and Turkish dances. Additionally, she studied, performed, and taught with Molly McClellan of Vespertina Dance Project for seven years, while co-directing the underground dance studio Red Elephant Workshop. During this time Joanna co-hosted workshops featuring Ashley Lopez, and Mat Jacob.