Get To Know Ashley
Hometown: Avon Lake, OH
Tenure as a Cavalier Girl: 2nd Year
Favorites:Former Cavaliers Legends: Zydrunas Ilgauskas
Quote: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau
Cleveland Area Restaurant: Momocho
Article of Clothing: I have undying love and obsession for shoes – the most important part of your outfit, of course.
Phone App: Lately Bitmoji has my heart – an app for your own personalized look alike emojis.
Movie Character: Forrest Gump
TV Show: Most recently, Mad Men. It’s taken me six months to get to season 5 but it’s always my go to when I have time for TV
Charity: United Way and Ronald McDonald House
What is your junk food weakness? Ice cream
Who is your celebrity crush? Bradley Cooper
What is your dream date? Dinner with a view on the Almalfi Coast in my dream destination of Italy
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB? To eventually own a business that incorporates my passion for natural & organic nutrition. I’m a big supporter of the many locally based small businesses on the rise in Cleveland. The supportive network and collaboration of all these businesses is growing huge and I’d love to be a part of that while contributing to the economic and lively growth of our city.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR? Getting stuck in an elevator for hours
DO YOU HAVE ANY PETS? My family has a beagle named Benny
WHO IS THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL PERSON IN YOUR LIFE? My grandmother. She is 92, the mother of 8, and as beautiful on the inside as the outside. She’s been through a lot but still manages to always have a smile on her face while putting a smile on others’. She’s rooted in me the true meaning of what it means to be a graceful, strong, humble, and beautiful woman.
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM VACATION DESTINATION? Italy
IF YOU HAD TO PICK TWO FAMOUS PEOPLE TO BE YOUR PARENTS WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE? Jim Carey and Julia Roberts
LIST 5 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU? Inspired, dedicated, thoughtful, passionate and easy-going
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WHAT IS ONE THING MOST PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? Finance and any number related courses were my least favorite in school but ironically enough I now work on a trading floor in the financial markets industry.
DO YOU HAVE ANY NICKNAMES? "Ash”. Some of my closest friends call me “Bash” or “Basher” "
BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT? So far, I would say it has been my proven ability last season to successfully balance my workload and maintain a separate career while being a CG. I aspired to be a professional dancer my entire life and up until recently, I never thought it was possible if I had plans to support myself with a business career.
A FAILURE YOU LEARNED FROM: The first time I went out for the Cavalier Girls on a whim and got cut after becoming a top finalist. It kept me eager to stay positive, determined, and come back a year later more experienced with a fresh and confident mindset. I trained better for what I was getting into and applied myself. Hard work and a little fuel under your feet go a long way!
WHAT FAMOUS PERSON (DEAD OR ALIVE) WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH? Audrey Hepburn. She has such timeless elegance and class and I’d love to experience a day in the life of a woman from her generation.
What is your guilty pleasure? Carb-loaded Italian food
What would be your super power? To fly – mostly for every day convenience but also for pleasure to travel anywhere I’ve dreamed of going
What celebrity would play you in a movie about yourself: Mila Kunis
I am most proud of: To have been a part of Cleveland’s first ever NBA Championship last season. The long 10 month season stretch required a lot of hard work and sacrifices but in the end I was the most rewarded I’ve ever felt. It’s an experience that can never be subdued with time and it will remain close to my heart for life.
What is your dancing background and experience? I began dance at age 4 and grew up in my childhood studio training and competing in various styles – ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, lyrical/contemporary. In high school I was able to be part of my studio’s ballet company as well as my high school’s dance team and in college I went on to receive my minor of Fine Arts in Dance.
Why did you decide to audition for the Cavalier Girls? My dance career had come to a halt after completing my Minor in Dance and I really missed it after starting my career. I couldn’t seem to fill the void and aspired to put passion and purpose back into my life. I finally mustered the courage to audition and go after a lifelong dream.
If you can say anything to Cavalier fans, what would you say? Thanks for being the absolute best fans in the world. You make our job so much fun and that much more special!
What advice would you give someone who dreams of becoming a Cavalier Girl? It’s never too late to follow your dreams. Never let fear, uncertainty, or rejection stop you. Work hard, stay determined, and leverage your personal strengths and passion to get you where you want to be. If you can dream it, you can do it.
What do you like most about being a part of the Cavalier Girls? Being inspired every day by my teammates and having the opportunity to live out my passion at such a high level of exposure in my hometown. It’s an honor to be part of something so special that means so much to the city I love.
Most memorable Cavalier Girl moment so far? Without a doubt the night the Cavs made history and became champions. Even better, it was Father’s Day and with my Dad being a longtime Cleveland sports fan, all I could think about was his sheer joy in that moment we realized we had the title. The town was filled such overwhelming love and pride and I will never forgot how grateful and proud I felt.
Hardest part about being a Cavalier Girl? Making sure I give 110% to this role and all that is entailed in the title of a CG. With a hectic schedule that includes both a day job and Cavalier Girls, I am challenged every day not only as a dancer but also as the individual I am. Being a CG is a huge privilege and I strive to embody the title to its fullest, even on a rough day!