Born in Sydney. Following a dance education at The Australian Ballet School and Victorian College of the Arts, Ashley began her professional career with Royal Ballet of Flanders where she performed for 6 years under the direction of Kathryn Bennetts. In 2012 she moved on to join l'Opera de Lyon until 2015 and from 2016 as guest artist with the company.
As a choreographer, Ashley created Better Left Unsaid, for the Royal Ballet of Flanders in 2009. The piece was awarded 2nd prize and Audience Choice Award at the Copenhagen International Choreographic Competition that year. The Elephant has left,This Room. premiered in 2015 for l'Opera de Lyon and Because it’s not going to come to a Beginning for the 2016 Festival Tanz Theatre International Hannover. In May 2017, May Contain Traces Of. a collaboration with dancer and composer Tadayoshi Kokeguchi, was commissioned by Les Subsistances Laboratoire International de Création Artistique, Lyon. In April 2018 worked alongside French film director Christophe Honoré for the World Premiere Don Carlos for l'Opera de Lyon. Ten People in the shape of a Lemming Premiered May 2018 for Austinmer Dance Theatre and NOT A PARTY TOO SOON for Sydney Dance Company PPY at CarraigeWorks, Sydney, Australia.
As a freelance artist since 2017 she has worked as a member of Emanuel Gat Dance & STRATES Association Harris Gkekas. Simultaneously, Ashley delved into music production completing a course in sound design for theater and exhibition, in Paris.
In 2019 her musical alias CIVIC GRACE was born. Whilst continuing her dance career Ashley composes and produces as CIVIC GRACE for many her own works, commissioned dance pieces, installations, events and performance collaborations alike.
Ashley returned to Australia in 2018 to perform Cyril Baldys Variation for Ashley Wright which premiered at Treloarland in Melbourne and most recently Variations for a Few November 2019 at the Frankfurt LAB as part of the Tanzfestival Rhein Main.
At present, Ashley works on several endeavours with theatre director Ersan Montag, at the Berlin Deutsche Oper and HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin.
Ashley teaches dance classes and workshops internationally in places such as Mousonturm Tanzhaus Frankfurt, Sydney Dance Company, Transit Dance Melbourne, Austinmer Dance Theatre, Ev & Bow Dance Centre Sydney, Palermo InDanza Summer Intensive 2019 among others.
Axial Void Collections is a malleable dance, performance and sound installation platform, based in Berlin consisting of a handful of multifaceted freelance artists from around the world.