Ashley Kostelnik is a graduate from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. During her undergraduate education, she had the opportunity to perform all four years and received the “Most Outstanding Performer” Award in May 2011. Ashley performed in faculty, student, and guest artist work such as: Camille A. Brown, Doug Varone (staged by Natalie Desch), Tania Isaac, Mark Taylor, Chad Michael Hall, and Lindsay Fisher.
All of these artists prepared her for life after graduation and she went on to apprentice for the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble in Pittsburgh from 2011-2012. After Ashley’s time with the company, she had the opportunity to teach dance at an international school in Fuzhou, Fujian, China. During her two years, she was recognized for her outstanding performance abilities. Ashley had opportunities to perform and model at SASVI Visual Art Show, Fujian Province TV Station’s City Fashion Channel, and a special Mother’s Day Event. When she returned to Pittsburgh in June 2014, she had the opportunity to work with Shana Simmons and her project entitled “Passenger,” which was performed at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh.
Ashley is currently a graduate student at the University of Iowa receiving her Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance as a Performance Track focus.