Ashley Carr McNair has over 20 years experience in the art of dance. She has been trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, lyrical, musical theatre and pointe by over 30 professional instructors throughout the years. A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Ashley grew up in the world of dance. Her parents owned dance studios across Northeast Indiana. Upon moving to Orange Park, Florida in 1998, she continued her dance career by assistant teaching in 2000, began teaching in 2003, and was appointed Director of Dance at Wehner's School of the Arts in 2008. Ashley is an OPHS Raiderette Dance Team alumni, a Jacksonville Lady Jam alumni, and danced competitively for 10 years. Ashley has both judged and choreographed for various dance teams and pageants in Northeast, FL. She has studied under the direction of professionals such as Jason Kalish, Mia Michaels, Ryan Warren, Marc Wayne, Dan Karaty, and Frank Hatchett, among many others. Ashley attends workshops and conventions throughout the year to keep her choreography and teaching methods current and in order to give her students the best dance education available. she is also a member of the Florida Dance Association (FDA).
Danae Carey is a native of Jacksonville, FL and has been dancing for over 20 years. She has competed in many local and state dance competitions over the years and has attended multiple conventions such as "LADF" and "Encore." As a member of the Forida Ballet, she performed in multiple ballets such as "Snow White," "The Nutcracker," "Romeo and Juliet," and many more. In 2005, Danae received a full talent scholarship to FSCJ, where she was a part of their Danceworks Company. While attending FSCJ, she was also accepted into Rhythm Nation's Dance Company. She has studied under the direction of artists such as Frank Hatchett, Jason Kalish, Jennifer Muller, David Robertson, Cari Coble, Missy Pounder-Reston, and others. She also took classes in New York City at "Steps on Broadway." Danae has been teaching at WSOTA since 2008 and is a member of the Florida Dance Association (FDA).
Feel free to email our Director of Operations, Holly Wehner, at Holly@WSOTA.com, with any questions regarding our dance program at WSOTA.