Dance to the Beat of the Drum

Ashley Kirkham and Tim Gerwing are excited to offer a workshop for dancers to learn about the most commonly encountered Middle Eastern rhythms. This will be the first workshop in the series. The workshop will cover 4 rhythms which will be explained and demonstrated by Tim Gerwing. Technique and combinations will be taught by Ashley Kirkham.

Early bird pricing til September 1st – $50, after $60.
To register, please contact

Please bring a yoga mat, pen and paper, and lots of water :)


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Ashley is extremely honored to announce that she placed 3rd in the NYCairo Queen Competition in NYC April 2016!  Ashley was selected in the 7 finalists out of 26 competitors, and successfully made it 3rd place.  A huge congrats to Lidia Pleida who won 1st place!  Thank you so much to all the judges at NYCairo (Randa Kemal, Mohamed Shahin, Tito Seif, Jehan, Mercedes Nieto, Nada El Masriya and Elena Ramazanova)!


Dances for a Small Stage – Salon Series

March 24 & 25, 2016

Ashley will be joining the Dances for a Small Stage team for the first time!  Very exciting to be onboard this project full of incredible, contemporary artists.

gathering | incubating | creating | connecting  

Dance is a common language that transcends barriers in unique and exciting ways.   This latest series explores trans-cultural contemporary art.

Come join us for Happy Hour – come hang out with us before the show, take a few mini-workshops and get a sneak peak about the show.

5-7pm – Happy Hour $15  |  8pm – Show + Food $35

THEME – deconstruct
Scheherazaad Cooper  |  Tarun Nayar  |  Sammy Chien  |  Dayna Szyndrowski  |
Kirsten Wicklund  |  Vanessa Goodman  |  Ashley Kirkham
Emcee- Burgundy Brixx


Ashley will be competing at the NYCairo Queen Competition in April 2016.  She will also be dancing on the open stage.  She is excited and grateful for the opportunity to grow and develop through these challenges, and hopes to make this one of her best performances yet!


Encuentros – May 1 2016

Encuentros is a percussive dance spectacular celebrating passionate encounters by internationally renowned dancers in Flamenco, Irish, Tap, and Egyptian Bellydance! Produced by

Tickets $30-$50 plus service charges. Children 12 and under $20. Students $5 discount, except on VIP tickets. Buy online, or phone 604-241-7292, extension 3.

In a stunning display of romance, seduction, love and jealousy, Artistic Director Kasandra “La China” and International guest artists, Ricardo Lopez (Flamenco dancer, Madrid), Joel Hanna (Irish Tap Dancer, Vancouver/New York), and Egyptian Bellydancer Ashley Kirkham, throw down the gauntlet and meet on the dance floor! With powerhouse Flamenco singer, Vicente Griego, and live musicians playing Flamenco guitar and Cajon, Oud and Darbuka, the dance is showcased with profound musicality. The beauty of lyrical dance and the power of percussion result in a dazzling presentation, full of drama, intensity and bravado. Encuentros is at once a feast for the eyes, the ears and the soul!

Encuentros is a rich exploration of human interaction and expression. As dancers encounter each other, each reveals a personal journey of joy and sorrow, jealousy and rage, loneliness and, hope. Witness rich, seductive dance duets featuring Ricardo Lopez, soloist with Nuevo Ballet Español, and Joel Hanna from New York’s Broadway – a rare treat in Vancouver! Other highlights include the alluring dance imagery of the Spanish bata de cola (long train dress); soulful evocative belly dance, and rapid-fire footwork of epic proportions in a jealous love triangle.



Ashley’s Workshops in Regina, Saskatchewan April 8 – 10th 2016


Shiver & Shimmy 2016 will be on April 8-10, 2016, in Regina, Canada! For the first time, Shiver & Shimmy includes three days of workshops, with a master class on Friday night!

The workshops on Saturday and Sunday focus on dancing to musical rhythms, drills that thrill, Sha’abi technique, and a sassy Sha’abi choreography. You can also book a private lesson with guest artist Ashley Kirkham on Friday during the day!

Ashley has trained and performed in international bellydance festivals in Cairo and New York, and studied with many of the world’s finest instructors including Mohamed Shahin, Jillina, Ranya Renee, Tito Seif, and the incomparable Mahmoud Reda. Ashley won second place in Egyptian superstar Randa Kamel’s competition in Dallas, Texas, in 2014, and is continuing her training under Randa’s tutelage. She also has two dance companies.

Take advantage of the early bird registration fees! Until March 18th, you can participate in all three days of workshops for only $225 – $50 off the cost of purchasing the three days separately! Daily rates are also available.

For more information, see Azura‘s website or contact azurabellydance@yahoo.comemanblack

Ashley in Egypt

orangeeman3Ashley is off to Cairo February 2016 to study with Randa Kamel for the dance intensive “Randa Kamel of Course”.  She will return March 1 and will resume classes that week. She will not be taking phone calls at this time, but she will be available on text and email. She will respond at her earliest convenience.