Joanna Ashleigh is a Fusion Belly Dance teacher, performer, and choreographer. She has been devoted to belly dance since she took her first class in the mid 2000’s. She began dancing with Lia Ridley of Romania, learning various Romanian, Greek, Israeli, Egyptian, and Turkish dances. She additionally studied, performed, and taught with Molly McClellan of TribalTique and Vespertina Dance Project for seven years, while co-directing the underground dance studio Red Elephant Workshop. In 2012 Joanna began focusing on a solo and collaborative career and has since completed Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements™ of Belly Dance program earning her Practitioner’s Certificate and also her Teaching Certificate, becoming a Datura Style™ Teacher. She has also completed Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman of Fat Chance Belly Dance’s Classic and Modern American Tribal Style® General Skills certification, level one and two of Sahra C. Kent’s Journey Through Egypt program, and continues to attend master classes with world renowned teachers. She is currently working on her undergraduate degree in dance at the University of Colorado in Boulder, is a current member of Donna Mejia’s Sovereign Collective, and travels as often as she can to Portland, Oregon to learn from her mentor Rachel Brice.