Ashlie Kirby

Sacramento Country Day School​

Ashlie Kirby, PK-3

Sacramento Country Day School

Ashlie currently teaches Music and Movement PK-3rd Grade at Sacramento Country Day School. She loves introducing young children to dance and watching them fall in love! In her classroom children learn that “EveryBODY is a dancer.” They learn that our dancing bodies are a gift we received when we were born (on our birthday) and it’s our job to enjoy them and to share our gifts! One of Ashlie’s favorite parts of her job is watching her students grow for 5 consecutive years. Her current 3rd grade class is the first class she has known since PK and includes her own daughter, Larkin. Her second daughter, Nolah, is in Kindergarten and also loves to dance! Ashlie’s classroom invites everyone to find thier own entry point to discover the joy of dance.

Ashlie Kirby is a Bessie Award-winning Dancer and Dance Educator. She became inspired to become a Dance Educator after taking the DEL Foundations Course in 2009. She has been teaching for over 15 years at Independent Schools on the East and West coasts and currently teaches at Sacramento Country Day School.

Ashlie holds a BFA in Dance from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master’s in Dance Education from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She holds dance teaching credentials in New York and California. Prior to returning to her native California, Ashlie spent nine years dancing professionally in New York City, most notably with Jessica Gaynor Dance and Pam Tanowitz Dance. In 2010, she was awarded a Bessie, or New York Dance and Performance Award, for her performance in Pam Tanowitz’s Be in the Grey with Me

Ashlie has served as a Teaching Artist for the Mondavi Center and Luna Dance Institute, and on the Board of the California Dance Education Alliance. When she is not at Country Day, Ashlie can be found at home with her two young daughters and husband, engaged in messy art projects and living room dance parties.