South Asian Arts Movement
Parvesh Jai - Internationally Renown Fashion Designers
"Ashley is a sweetheart, she is such an amazing dancer, performer and yoga instructor. We had her perform a famous bollywood number, to open our grand show at Western Canada Fashion Week, and I must say, she was just like a treat to watch. She has always supported our endeavours when we were in Edmonton. We wish her lots of love and success in her SAAM movement! "
I was one of the attendees of your 10th Annual dance show been hosted by your organisation SAAM on June-17th @ Alberta Avenue Community Centre. I was also fortunate enough to witness your other performance in collaboration with Native Canadians. After knowing about your journey in last 10 years, I could not resist myself to sharing my thoughts ... Your team of Emcees portrayed very well that how you started your dance studio from your basement and eventually reaching here after all those struggling years. I must acknowledge your hard work, persistence, your commitment towards your dance and positive attitude which enabled you to have all these breakthroughs.
You are sharing and teaching your art of dance not only to your own community but with many others from different cultural , religious and communities back grounds and it was so exciting to see them performing at one platform. The best part of the show to see big smile on all those parents faces whose very young kids (3-6 yrs.) were performing. I would like to thank you for who you are and for making a huge difference by bringing great talent from different backgrounds under one umbrella. We wish you good luck for all your projects.
Realtor ( Maxwell Progressive)"
Deepak Chopra, Event Patron, Realtor
I wanted to once again take the time to thank you for coming in and talking to us about the cultural dancing. The children -and even staff- enjoyed it very much and gushed all day about the dancing and even tried the moves they remembered in the park!
Thank you again for your time and sharing the experience with us here at MCCS!
All the best.
Katie Ganovicheff, Coordinator at McKernan Childcare Society (2016)
"I attended online internet-based dance lessons with Ashley to help prepare a dance performance for my friend's wedding! With good internet and audio connections on both sides, we had our 1:1 classes via Skype. This was my first time learning a dance online, and it wasn't difficult at all! In fact, it saved me time learning it online in the comfort of my own home! Ashley, was able to see my movements and provide critique while learning the steps. Ashley also offered flexibility to change certain dance steps depending on my comfort level. After learning majority of the the dance online, I attended a few 1:1 sessions at her beautiful studio to further perfect the dance performance with more expressions (my weakness) and learn a few more steps to close the performance. Upon completion of learning the dance from Ashley, I was very pleased with the outcome of the performance. Ashley has an eye for perfection and pays close attention to detail. I highly recommend online sessions for solo performances, it saved me time and money!"
Sheena Jaisingh (2016)
"Hi Ashley!! I just want to let you know that my day job is soooo stressful and Kathak has been such a godsend for me!! That's why I get so giggly in class, it's my stress releasing :). Thank you for being an awesome teacher...I love how down-to-earth and light-hearted you are! Wish we could have class everyday, haha."
Samaa, Kathak student (2016)
"[Ashley] I enjoy your classes (or the classes you organize) not only because I get to "dance" but also because you're professional in your dealings, a very good instructor, and just so enterprising!
Shufen Edmonstone (2016)
"Hi Ashley, thanks for organizing a great show last weekend! My daughter Ava, in the tiny tots class had a blast and made us sooooo proud!!!! It was the first time she has ever performed like that on stage:) She doesn't even do that in her ballet recitals!..."-
-Mrs. Jivraj, parent of student.
Mrs. Jivraj (2014)
In April 2018, Ashley from the South Asian Arts Movement Society led a wonderful dance workshop with my Girl Guide troop- the 76th Edmonton Sparks. The girls and the leaders loved the session, and I would love to bring her back for another session in the future.
Ashley was well-prepared, arrived early for set-up, and easy to communicate with both before and after the session. She was kind and considerate to our girls, who were in kindergarten and Grade 1, and present the dance steps in a way that was easy to understand. After the meeting, the girls wanted to practice their dance to show their adults, so they obviously enjoyed themselves. While reflecting on our year together, many of the girls said that learning South Asian dance was one of their favorite meetings.
As an individual Girl Guide leader, I recommend the South Asian Arts Movement Society as a fun night of programming.
Christina Hardie (2018)
"I've been learning dance from Ashley for almost a year now. I really like her style. She teaches you in detail about hands movement, body posture, walking, sitting down and getting up. She's is a perfectionist and you can see it in her dancing. I enjoyed her performance the best at Maha Shiviratri. I'm looking forward to join her fall classes."
Copy Of -Anju Sharma, Dance Client (2015, 2016)
"Dancing with the feet is one thing but dancing with the heart is another ..we all loved that evening full of entertainment...please keep rocking and keep spreading positivity..its very good way to relieve stress.. keep our tradition running .."
Roop Rai, Event Patron at SAAM's Naach 2017 Dinner & Dance Gala
Hi Ashley, hope everything is good. [The] girls and my dance went really good. We got so many compliments. Many thanks to you for teaching us!
Anju Sharma & her Daughters, Dance Client (2015, 2016)
Client Testimonials Continued...
Sorin Mihailovici - Actor, Co-Creator and Producer of the show Travel By Dart, Producer for CityTV, and Owner of the Scam Detector
"Hi Ashley, thanks so much for letting us film at the SAAM Studios. Also,
thanks for the tour. For us SAAM has been a great location and seeing so
many students, instructors, and an overall professional atmosphere it
really surprised us. Keep it up, you're the best!"