Ashley Kohler: Fusion Dance Company - Santa Barbara, CA U.S.A.

Website: Fusion Dance Company

Choreographer: Ashley Kira Kohler

Ashley began her training at Dance Unlimited in Oceanside, California at age 13. 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. She was an Advanced Dance Club Leader for two years as well as Captain of the El Camino Dance Team her senior year. After high school Ashley moved to Goleta where she attended UCSB and graduated with a degree in Political Science. Currently she is dancing with Fusion Dance Company, studying and performing numerous styles of dance. Ashley has also taught at the Los Olivos Dance Gallery for four years where she shares her love of dance with today’s youth.

What Ashley is Bringing to the Festival
Ashley will be presenting "All That's Left" at Center Stage Theater on Program Omega.
“All That’s Left” is a piece about the people and institutions in life that will take from you until you have nothing left to give. The movement and costumes are representative of the different groups that are hungry for your time, money, creativity and energy.  During the dance, fabric is shed to symbolize the struggle in our daily lives where we must give all we have to these groups. In the end of the piece, the dancers are left with nothing but their true selves, which no one will ever be able to take. That is all that’s left.