Ashley Becker Payne hails from Buffalo, NY holding a B.A. in Dance Performance from the prestigious Point Park University. As an international adjudicator, professional dancer and choreographer, Ashley has studied and taught throughout New York City, Miami, and now Chicago. As a performer, Ashley has appeared in film, television, concert dance and theatre productions. Ashley’s first standout roll was in the University production ofContact where she was a featured dancer and served as dance captain. Professional credits include: Regional Performances of: Contact;Grease; Mame; Fame and Sing, Sing, Sing; Episodes of: The Rachel Ray Show, Blue Bloods, The Dark House, and Company Work: 11:11 (The Company by Slam);DSMR; Crazy Love. Ashley has served as a choreographer for Jordan Sparks, Flash Mob America and the Chicago Freelance Dance Festivals. You may recognize Ashley from promotions for Oreo Cookies, M&Ms, Estee Lauder, Suave and Avon. Ashley spends her time traveling internationally for multiple dance competitions and conventions as an adjudicator, teacher and choreographer. In addition to her dance training she is a licensed Group Fitness Instructor and teaches Zumba, Zumba Kids, LifeBarre, Aqua Fitness and Pilates. Most recently, Ashley was named the Director of Management for Quest Intensive, the most prestigious in-studio intensive working alongside the industry’s leading names in casting, Broadway commercial and concert dance. With Quest Ashley develops educational programs for studios across the country as well as teaches master classes on technique, musicality and creating artistry! She is very excited to be working with the students of CFD this season!