Barbara, Joanne, Katie & Yana
We are very proud to have such a wonderful group of teachers and staff join us for another year! 

Barbara Ashley


Barbara Ashley School of Dance has been owned and operated by Barbara Ashley since 1990. From a very young age Barbara danced at a local dance studio and realized that there was nothing else she would rather do than to share her love of dance with others.

She traveled to Montreal, Quebec in 1989 to study privately with Pat Bouvier, and later moved to Hull, Quebec where she studied under Lucienne Cyr. Barbara received her Associates in both Ballroom and Latin with the Canadian Dance Teachers Association. She then returned to St. John's, NL to open her own studio; Barbara Ashley School of Dance Inc. Since then Barbara has been successfully running her business for over 32 years.

Throughout her teaching Barbara has continued her studies in Tap, Ballet and Modern. She has also dedicated her career to volunteering with her students at seniors homes, church events, private functions and more!

Today the studio continues to operate successfully from its location at 19 Brookfield Road, in St. John's, NL which has been the home of countless students sharing their love of dance.

Member of:

  • Canadian Dance Teachers Association (CDTA) Ballroom & Latin

  • Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) London England

  • Dance Teachers Association of Newfoundland (DTAN)

Dance Accomplishments:

  • Owner & Operator of Barbara Ashley School of Dance for 31 years & counting!

  • 1st place for best performing group in the St. John's Downtown Christmas Parade for 7 consecutive years

  • Best Dance Studio for 5 consecutive years as voted by the NL Herald

  • Winner of the St. John's Downtown Christmas Parade Legend Award (St. John's 2013) 

  • Meet Me in St. Louis (HSH) - Choreographer

  • Choreographer for productions of: Cinderella , Hickory Dickory Dock, Narnia, Jack & The Beanstalk, Beauty & The Beast, & Rumpelstiltskin (St. John's Players) 

  • Scrooge (Our Lady of Mercy Christmas Production) - Choreographer (1990)

  • And many others!!! 


Joanne Buckingham-Stockley


Joanne is Barbara's niece, so you could say that she was born a dancer. Joanne began dancing at the age of 2 taking on many styles of dance and has been hooked ever since. From a very young age she began assisting and helping out around her aunts studio. Joanne then began teaching jaznastics (acro) at the young age of 14. She has experience in all styles of dance, but her true passion is jazz. Joanne's fun loving spirit and passion for the studio is sure to make your child's dance experience an enjoyable one.

Joanne completed her Business Administration Diploma at College of The North Atlantic in 2010. She took on a work term with Eastern Health in St. John's, NL that year and has been working full time with the organization ever since. 

Dance Accomplishments:

  • ISTD Graded Examinations - Tap Grade 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

  • ISTD Analysis Examination Advanced 1 & 2 Intermediate Tap

  • The Pulse Workshop (New York Summer 2008)

  • Featured dancer in the production of Our Divas Do Christmas (TaDa 2007)

  • NRG Dance Convention (Florida Summer 2013)

  • Disney Dance The Magic Teacher (California Summer 2016)


Katie Billard


Katie started dancing at the age of 3. It wasn't until the age of 16 that she became a dancer at Barbara Ashley School of Dance. Shortly after, Katie became a part of our team as she began teaching in 2011. She has experience in many styles of dance but she mainly focuses on modern and tap. Katie has a kind heart and you can't help but gravitate towards her positive personality and her helpful nature in the studio.

Katie attended Randolph Academy for The Performing Arts. She completed the Triple Threat program and was also awarded a Diploma in Performance Arts in 2016. Katie is currently attending Memorial University in St. John's, NL aiming to complete her joint bachelors degree in History and Political Science. 

Dance Accomplishments:

  • ISTD Graded Examinations -Jazz Bronze, Silver & Gold 

  • ISTD Modern Syllabus - Modern Grade 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

  • Achieved Jazz level 4, Ballet level 5 (both out of 6 levels) & tap level 4 (highest level) (Randolph Academy)

  • Wanna Dance Competition - Broadway Choreographer - Energy Plus Award (St. John's 2019)

  • Featured dancer and choreographer with Viva Show Choir (2012)

  • Featured dancer in productions of: Anything Goes (PMP 2012), Footloose (RAPA 2016), Our Divas Do Christmas (TaDa 2018)

  • Portrayed the dancing diva Mrs. Wormwood in Matilda (PMP 2019)