2010-11 Luvabulls: Meet Ashley
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
What does being a member of the Luvabulls mean to you?
Being a Luvabull means a great deal to me on many different levels. But one of the things that I love about being a Luvabull is it gives me the chance to stay physically fit and active doing what I love. As a personal trainer I know it is important to find activities that you enjoy. Being a Luvabull allows me to dance with amazing ladies in one of the greatest sports cities in the world.
How has your dancing experience led you to this point?
I have had a variety of dance experiences that I believe led me to becoming a Chicago Luvabull. I began studio dancing at the age of 2 in the areas of tap, jazz and ballet. In high school, I wanted to be a part of the sports action. As a result, I moved on to being a member of the Pom team where I was captain my senior year.
I continued performing at the collegiate level as a member of the Illinettes, the official dance team of the University of Illinois. I had the privilege and honor to be named one of the team captains my junior year.
After graduation, I worked for Walt Disney World Resorts and danced in their “Celebrate the Seasons Show” at Magic Kingdom.
This is my fourth season as a Chicago Luvabull and there is no doubt the previous 3 years have helped me grow as a performer and dancer. I believe all of these experiences have led me to this point. I look forward to another rewarding and exciting season as a Luvabull.
What is your claim to fame—besides being a Luvabull?
National Television Commercial with Mike Ditka
Miss Illinois USA 2009
What people do you admire the most and how have they supported or inspired you as a dancer?
One person that I admire a great deal is Lance Armstrong, cancer survivor and 7 time Tour de France Champion. His determination to follow his dreams, no matter what obstacles he faces, is truly inspiring. He is someone who is physically fit and works extremely hard to accomplish his goals. Lance Armstrong continuously inspires me to reach my goals (in not only dancing, but life) and never give up.
“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” - Lance Armstrong
What is your proudest accomplishment to date and where do you see yourself in 10 years?
My proudest accomplishment to date is being in my first nationally televised commercial.
In 10 years I'd like to be a world renowned fitness expert and actress. I am excited to see where the journey of my life takes me.