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Ashley L. Tate

Director. Choreographer. Educator. Artist. ADC9-13-19101079 ret.JPG

Ashley L. Tate

Assistant Professor of Dance
University of North Carolina at Charlotte


Artistic and Executive Director

Ashleyliane Dance Company

VP of Communications

North Carolina Dance Education


Master of Fine Arts


Washington University in St. Louis



I am a director, choreographer, educator, and performer from Saint Louis, Missouri.  I am an assistant professor of dance at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, an affiliate faculty member with the Department of Africana Studies at UNC Charlotte, and founder, artistic director, and executive director of Ashleyliane Dance Company (ADC). I earned her BS degree in Computer Information Science from Texas Christian University and received her MFA in Dance from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a recipient of the Spencer T & Ann W. Olin Fellowship for Women in Graduate Study.  I teach classes and workshops in contemporary, jazz, hip hop, improvisation and composition. I was a member of the Saint Louis Rams Football Cheerleaders, serving as a captain for two years. Her current research interests includes the use of dance as a vehicle for community advocacy and collaboration, as well as the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic benefits of hip-hop music and movement.

Tate recently served as an adjunct professor of dance at Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis, Webster University, and Southeast Missouri State University, and as the former chair of the dance department at Grand Center Arts Academy. She is a recipient of Grand Center’s Emerging Artist Visionary Award and has served as a judge for the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation’s Teen Talent Showcase for several years. She is also a winner of the Pulse On Tour Dance Convention Protégé Scholarship, a Monsters of Hip Hop Scholarship (and a former Monsters Show Nominee), and was formerly signed as a dancer and dance educator with Clear Talent Group in Los Angeles, California. Her work has been featured in showcases at the Peridance Capezio Center, TADA! Theater, and Baruch Performing Arts Center in New York City, as well as the Choreographer’s Carnival in Chicago, Illinois, and Versatility Dance Festival in Boulder, Colorado, and Santa Monica, California.  She is also the co-producer of Dance the Vote, a non-partisan grassroots arts-based voter registration initiative founded by Joan Lipkin. In April 2023, she was a key participant in the nationally recognized No Tears Project, a multidisciplinary festival founded by Oxford American Magazine in 2017 to honor CIvil Rights history.

Tate has choreographed for the concert stage, NCAA/NFL basketball and football halftime shows, studio recitals, theatre productions and national and regional dance competitions. She teaches master classes and workshops in contemporary, jazz, hip hop, modern, improvisation, and composition. She was a member of the Saint Louis Rams Football Cheerleaders, serving as a captain for two years. Tate is currently a board member for Missouri Dance Organization and a member of the National Dance Education Organization and the International Association of Blacks in Dance. Tate recently became Vice-President of Communications for the North Carolina chapter of the National Dance Education Organization.  

Teaching Philosophy
Guest Speaker

Hancock Symposium

"Community in Creativity:

Dance as a Unifying Art Form"

Westminster College

Graduate School Fellow

WashU Olin Fellow

2018 Washington University Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Fellowship cohort

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Conference Presenter

NCDEO Conference

2023 Presenter: "Multiple Intelligences Through Hip-Hop"

UNC Charlotte

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