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.

Three Sides of a Coin – November 28, 2015

threesidesofacoinTL Entertainment Production & Mozaico Flamenco Dance Theatre are proud to present “Three Sides of a Coin”, a rich & evocative dance spectacular, directed by flamenco dancer Kasandra “La China”, showcasing flamenco dancer Andrea Williams with guest artist and Irish Tap dance sensation, Joel Hanna, and one of Vancouver’s foremost Oriental Bellydancers, Ashley Kirkham. This matinee is a first at the Edgewater Casino’s Stadium Club theatre in Vancouver. The vibrant show celebrates passion, virtuosity and expression, through the rhythm of world percussion, Spanish castanets and Eastern zills and of course, rapid-fire footwork!

“Three Sides of a Coin” presents the multifaceted nature of a Woman. It takes the raw passion and drive of Flamenco Dance performed by Andrea Williams & Kasandra “La China”, and contrasts it with the soft, sensuous seductive nature of Oriental Bellydance by Ashley Kirkham. It also compares the yin and yang, female and male energy with the bravado and athleticism of Joel Hanna, power of Italian cajon player Davide Sampaolo and rhythm of darbouka player Tim Gerwing.

Each dance is carefully crafted and brilliantly conceived. The beauty of lyrical dance and power of percussion results in a dazzling, innovative presentation of an impressive array of cultural, musical and aesthetic influences. The audience is left spellbound with the magical imagery of fluttery fans, Chinese silk veils, Sevillan shawls, flamenco ruffles and fiery footwork.

This powerful performance promises to transport audiences to the magical, the unexpected, the raw.

Three Sides of a Coin”
Saturday November 28, 2015
Matinee only 1:30pm
Edgewater Casino, Stadium Club
760 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver,
Tickets: $20


Vinetas Del Mozaico - Harrison Hot Springs

Vinetas del Mozaico – October 24, 2015

Harrison Hot Springs

Vinetas Del Mozaico - Harrison Hot Springs

Ashley and Tim Gerwing on tabla will be performing alongside flamenco artists Kasandra “La China”  & Andrea Williams with percussionist Davide Sampaolo from the Mozaico Dance Theatre with featured guest Irish Tapper superstar Joel Janna on October 24, 2015.  For ticket & show information, click here.


Ashley Dance and Mozaico Flamenco

Ashley Dance

Fall 2015 Classes

Ashley DanceAshley will be teaching a mixed beginner 1 / 2 class at 1000 Rivers Studios starting September 8, 2015.
Classes will cover technique, combinations, rhythms and choreography.

Fall 2015 Sessions:

Session One: September 6 – October 13 $120
Session Two: October 20 – November 24 $120

Pay for both sessions together and save 10%
Bring a friend and register together and save $20 each.

To register, please contact Ashley at


*Ashley is also available for private classes and sessions.

Please contact for more details.




Ashley Dance - Raqs of Course

Raqs of Course – August 2015

Ashley has returned from a 2 week journey to Egypt training with some of the best teachers in the world including her teacher Randa Kamel and competing in the ROC Crown competition.  Ashley’s competition video can be seen here.

Ashley had an amazing time in Cairo as she got to experience Cairo after the festival, and got to witness life first hand there.  She is already excited about returning next year!

Ashley ROC Competition - Photo by Tracey Gibbs Photography

Photo by Tracey Gibbs Photography

Ashley Dance - Wedding

Ya Helwa – June 14, 2015

Ashley will be performing in Rahel’s annual student and guest artist show “Ya Helwa” (Oh Beautiful!) On June 14th 2015 at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver, BC.  She will be performing a shaabi piece by her teacher Randa Kamel.  For show information and tickets, please visit Rahel’s event page on Facebook

Tickets are going fast so get them soon :) Show starts 7pm sharp!!