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Ashleigh Wilson



Ashleigh Wilson was born in Gauteng province, South Africa. Upon graduation from Martin Schönbergs Ballet Theatre Afrikan Academy, she auditioned and joined Dresden Semperoper Ballet and danced in Swan Lake, Coppelia, La Bayadere and in company premières of William Forsythe and George Balanchine. She was then invited to join MDR's Deutsches Fernsehballet (Germany's TV Ballet) in Berlin, touring extensively across Europe and appearing in front of millions of people on prime time TV. She moved to London in 2013 to work for former English National Ballet director, Peter Schaufuss, as a soloist for his Danish tour of Satisfaction. She then joined the original cast of Inala, a Grammy-nominated Production that was created by former members of The Royal Ballet, Rambert Ballet's artistic director, Mark Baldwin OBE, and South African choral legends, Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Inala has since debuted on the Westend, and played in other prestigious venues such as Royal Albert Hall, The Barbican and in Andrew Lloyd Webber's theatre, The Palladium, where an excerpt was perfomed to the British Royal Family in The Royal Variety Performance. Inala tours globally in Russia, Singapore and China. She is a member of International Arts Collective (formerly London Contemporary Ballet Theatre), which performs in London and Paris. In 2019, she will join Andrea Bocelli's UK tour as guest Principal Dancer. In Los Angeles, she dances with the LA Contemporary Ballet Collective as well as in large scale commercial and television productions such as The Morning Show (Apple) and sits on the Judging panel of Youth American Grand Prix. Outside of performing, she heads up the US branch of the organization Dancers Love Dogs, which supports mass sterilizations for animals in need. Through her mixture of cross-cultural career experiences, she draws inspiration from Classical Ballet, to African dance to commercial and contemporary movement language. Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.



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