Meet our Teachers

Barbara, Joanne, Meghan, Sascha, Katie, Michaela & Melanie

Barbara Ashley School of Dance has been owned and operated by Barbara Ashley since 1990. From a very young age Barbara knew there was nothing else she would rather do than to share her love of dance with others. Since then she has successfully been running her business for over 30 years in St.John's, NL.


Barbara Ashley


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. 


Joanne Buckingham-Stockley


Meghan started dancing at Barbara Ashley School of Dance at the age of 3. She began assisting in 2007 and quickly moved into a instructing position by 2008, teaching pre-ballet & jazz. Meghan has experience in multiple styles of dance, but her true passion is modern. Meghan's classes are filled with energy, as she aims to help her students achieve their best potential.

Meghan completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree at Memorial University, earning honours. During this time she also graduated completing her Bachelor of Arts degree with an Economics Major. She then continued her education at Dalhousie University and graduated from law school in 2019. Meghan is now working full time as an Associate at Roebothan McKay & Marshall in St. John's.


Meghan Foley

Sascha started taking pre-ballet at Barbara Ashley School of Dance at the age of 3 and eventually branched into many different styles over the years. She began assisting in 2007, and shortly after became an instructor at the studio in 2008, teaching pre-ballet and hip-hop. Sascha has experience in multiple styles of dance, but her true passion is tap dancing. Sascha's students feed off of her passion & enthusiasm, as she dedicates herself whole heartedly to her students and the studio.

Sascha attended Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador and is now working full-time at Royal LePage Atlantic Homestead Ltd., an independently owned and operated real estate brokerage in St. John's, NL. 


Sascha Gordon


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. 


Katie Billard

Melanie began dancing at the age of 2. She joined Barbara Ashley School of dance at age 3 and started assisting during classes in 2009. She began teaching in 2014 taking on many styles of dance, however her favourites are acro and tap. Melanie has an outgoing personality, which is sure to make her classes extra fun and enjoyable. 

Melanie is currently a full time student at Memorial University. She is in her fourth year of completing her Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Police Studies and a minor in Sociology. During this time Melanie is also completing her certificate in Criminology. Although Melanie juggles a busy schedule she also works part-time at Service Master Restore as an office assistant. 


Melanie Smith

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