Now Booking 2022 Disc Jockey Events!
Now Booking 2022 Disc Jockey Events!
Ashley has resided in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan for 12 years. She attended Lake Superior State University, where she received a Bachelors Degree in Law Enforcement. After college, Ashley worked as a social worker in the fields of child abuse and neglect and substance abuse recovery. Later, she continued her career as an Administrator and Executive Consultant in federally accrediting Home Health agencies. ASAO is now her full time occupation!
ASAO started out as a "fun side gig," of teaching dance lessons to adults in the Sault Ste. Marie area. With Darryl's Disc Jockey experience, adding event planning and coordination services just seemed to fit under the name "All Styles, All Occasions." As the events grew, and the classes filled, it was time to expand into teaching children - which Nana predicted back in 2009! Exponential growth at pop up locations led to finding the perfect space to settle (and continue to expand) into, which was made possible by Les & Kelli Townsend of Island Books & Crafts. In 2020, Ashley added online dance-wear sales, personalized dance shoe fittings, and formal wear rentals!
Ashley's passion for teaching has led to extensive curriculum development, community education, and expansive opportunities for area dancers. Ashley currently teaches 25 weekly classes, a variety of private lessons, and special event classes for community groups all across the EUP. She also coaches the ASAO Community Performance Troupe and ASAO Competition Team.
Ashley has taken recreational dance classes for 27 years, most from mentors Dede DeCamp, Lindsay DeCamp, Sandra Brewer, Melanie Eashoo, Kara Hajak-Meier, and Heather Coleman. Her training is largely in Ceccetti technique, with additional training and certification from Marie Walton-Mahon's Progressing Ballet Technique and CLI Studios Studio Partnership Program. She danced competitively for 10 years, attended 4 years of UDA camp and various dance conventions, as well as performed en pointe for 6 years.
Ashley believes in using classical teaching methods, with heavy emphasis on safe body mechanics and dance theory. She is currently studying pedagogy and technical skill acquisition through the National Dance Education Organization's Online Professional Development Institute as well as the International Dance Teaching Standards Certification Program.
When not in the dance room, she is working on staff organization and training, billing, curriculum development, choreography, event coordination, customer relations, community outreach, media design, and studio building management.
Darryl has MANY titles at ASAO. The dancers know him as: IT Guy, Chief Maintenance Man, Security Officer, Music Designer, Assistant Teacher, Chief Financial Officer, and Comedic Relief during performances and rehearsals. Most often, with ASAO, you'll see him as our Disc Jockey for all weddings, events, and performances. or teaching Ballroom Dance Classes with Ashley.
Darryl also works hard to ensure ASAO's equipment is safe for all dancers by coordinating training and researching equipment. His extensive knowledge of sound mechanics has allowed us to set proper, safe limits for music volumes and accommodate for a variety of needs for all types of dancers. His AV knowledge has also helped in creating hybrid options for ASAO dancers that are not ready to return to in studio classes, or may not be able to travel on days when snow makes the roads unsafe.
As new seasons approach, Darryl is often tasked with building or remodeling things for ASAO. Each expansion, as it goes with small business ownership, comes with all sorts of creative new endeavors! From painting walls to building storage racks and dressing rooms, he is always busy creating something new for us!
Darryl also works for Akwel, as an IT Administrator, in Novi, Michigan. In his spare time, he is a backyard mechanic, home construction hobbyist, and loves video gaming, 3D printing, and forging.
Edyn is our Boutique Manager, handling all tuxedo rentals, shoe orders, class apparel and merchandise inventory, as well as special items for dancer success and confidence! Previously, she was the area manager for ASAO Pickford Site Classes. After two years of extraordinary leadership, we knew it was time to promote her!
Edyn is also our lead instructor for 3-4 Ballet, 5-6 Jazz, and Adult Jazz. Her calm nature and academic spirit are a great fit for our curriculum and goals in dance education.
Edyn recently graduated from Pickford High School, as a member of the National Honor Society, and state representative of FCCLA. She is well versed in Musical Theater and a very active dancer at ASAO! This year, she is attending Lake Superior State University with hopes of becoming an Occupational Therapist. We are honored she has decided to continue her education here, in a major that will greatly assist our company!
Ainsley is an incredibly versatile member of the ASAO Staff! In our second semester this season, she is assisting in developing our curriculum modules for the various styles of dance we offer. Ainsley is also featured on the ASAO Dancer App as a demonstrator in a variety of skills across the different styles.
In our fall semester this season , she was the assistant teacher for Acrobatic Dance Level 1 and the age 7-12 Technique/PBT course. Ainsley's attention to detail and hard work ethic make her an excellent teacher.
Additionally, as our company adapted to the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ainsley was one of the staff that worked hard to make sure our boutique and office were deeply sanitized and adequately organized.
Ainsley is a passionate animal lover, and enjoys training her dog, Josie. She has played violin for 7 years, and is a member of the Soo Youth Orchestra. Ainsley makes a great addition to the ASAO staff!
Tanya is our resident Dance Mom Extraordinnaire! She has four ASAO dancers, all taking various classes and joining in every opportunity available. If you have a question - this Dance Momma knows how to help! Many of the dancers turn to her for costume alterations, hair adjustments, acrobatic technique questions, and nutrition assistance.
Tanya and her husband, J.D., are also often chaperones for ASAO affiliated events off site, in addition to the youth group activities they sponsor and supervise for the First Church of Christ in Sault Ste. Marie.
This season, she has become an invaluable part of the ASAO family. From handling quality assurance to assisting with boutique management; Tanya does it ALL! You'll find her at the reception desk Tuesday-Thursday. We are very fortunate to have her at ASAO!
Jamie assists with age 5-6 & 7-9 & Level 1 Ballet, as well as Lyrical Level 1. She is also one of the developers of the ASAO Dance Curriculum, studying materials in all styles of dance from a variety of resources and training opportunities. She is a founding member of the ASAO Performance Team (now titled the Community Performance Troupe), and participated for 7 consecutive seasons!
Jamie was also selected as ASAO's Dancer of the Year in 2020! Jamie has been an exemplary role model at ASAO, especially during this incredible year. During this, her first year en Pointe and her 5th consecutive season as a Teaching Assistant- Jamie’s dedication to all that ASAO stands for has shined. She always arrives early, stays late, and works hard for both her personal growth, as well as that of all the dancers she leads. Her choreography retention skills, attention to detail, and grace when dancing have led her to be one of our most technical dancers- an attribute highly valued in our curriculum!
Jamie, thank you for your hard work. This honor is well deserved! We are incredibly proud of you!
In addition to dance, Jamie is a Pickford Panther! Jamie is a dog lover and excellent party game planner. She is also very active in assisting in her family's business, MMC Store, Inc. of Barbeau.
Eliana assists in age 3-4 Ballet, where her patience and kindness are put to great use! Working with some of our youngest dancers, Eliana is able to make ballet fun and exciting while helping their dreams come true!
Eliana is also one of the ASAO Pointe Dancers! This prestigious group must pass a series of physical tests, as well as demonstrate knowledge in the our studio's choice of technique. After joining our studio in Summer 2019, Eliana took initiative to review all options for extra study. Her work ethic and dedication have been fantastic assets to her growth within our company.
Eliana comes from a large military family, and has studied dance in many styles at places. Her vast experience has been such a joy to learn from. We are greatly blessed to have her here at our studio!
Madeline (Maddy) is an assistant for Age 5-7 & Level 1 Tap, Intro to Acro/Tumble and Acro Level 1, and age 5-6 Ballet classes. Mady was awarded the Best Technique certificate of 2020 and is one of our ASAO Pointe Dancers! Her grace and technical skill are amazing assets to the ASAO staff.
Madeline started dancing at age 4, with training in Ballet and Tap. She attends Pickford schools, is a Girls on the Run Junior Coach, and enjoys participating in the Sault Theatre Project. Maddy has extensive musical theater knowledge, and excellent choreography skills in this style! She lives on Northern Rose Farm with her family and many pets.
Isabella (Bella) assists in age 5-6 Jazz and Intro to Acro/Tumble. Bella is a very active ASAO dancer, attending all of our special events and volunteering whenever possible. Isabella is also one of our ASAO Pointe Dancers! We are very thankful for her dedication to ASAO!
In addition to dance, she loves to volunteer with United Way and Relay for Life. Bella also coaches elementary cheer, middle school poms, and performs in musical theater for multiple companies in Downtown Sault Ste. Marie. She also participates in a variety of local pageants and holds the titles 2020 Jr. Miss I-500 Queen and 2019 Chippewa County Jr. Miss 1st Runner Up.
Iyla is our teaching assistant for age 7-9 Jazz, Introduction to Acro/Tumble, and age 5-7 Tap. She is a member of the ASAO Community Performance Troupe and very active volunteer at ASAO events.
In addition to dance, Iyla is an actress, singer, and plays the violin. She is a member of the Soo Youth Orchestra through STARS and in many productions by the Soo Theater Project. Additionally, Iyla has sung The National Anthem at LSSU Hockey and Basketball games as well as a variety of community events!
Lucy is an assistant in the Tiny Tot Tumble and Non Performing Acro/Tumble classes. Lucy is one of our Advanced Level Acro Dancers, and attended the 24/7 Dance Convention by Break the Floor Productions in 2019! She also received the 2020 Most Improved Award at ASAO.
Lucy plays Clarinet at Sault Middle School. She enjoys spending time with her 4 dogs and 4 cats! Lucy is a fantastic self starter, always practicing and advancing in her classes! We are very fortunate to have her at ASAO!
Hope demonstrates for both Tiny Tot Tumble and Introduction to Acro/Tumble classes, as well as Acrobatic Dance Level 1. She has danced for 4 years, previously studying Ballet and currently focusing on Acrobatic Dance at the ASAO Level 2. Hope loves acro, practicing everywhere she can! She is in 5th Grade at JKL Bahweting School and volunteers at the Little Lambs Preschool of Immanuel Lutheran church in Sault Ste. Marie.
Jasmine demonstrates for Introduction to Acro/Tumbling and Acrobatic Dance Level 1. In 2020, Jasmine received our junior Most Improved Award, as she was taking classes slated for dancers 4 years her senior! Jasmine is currently in 4th grade. She is an active member of her church and its youth group. In addition to her dance studies, Jasmine is an incredible baker!