Spring Classes with Ashley Rhianne

VIRTUAL CLASSESOriental – Beginners 2/ Intermediate class Mondays 8 – 9pm PST2021 Spring Session starting April 19 to June 28 (no class May 24 for Victoria Day)
Fall session: $120 payable by etransfer. Participants will receive the link after payment
*Drop in $15Pilates Classes are now online!
Wednesdays 5pm PST
$12/class or 4 classes for $40

To register, please contact Ashley Rhianne: ashley@ashleydance.com

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Rhythm Essentials is a virtual master series geared towards learning commonly encountered rhythms in dance. This is a smaller platform for the Dance to the Beat of the Drum format and is consists of theory & technique.We will work with 4 rhythms over the four week period with additional homework.

May 4 – 730-830pm PST
May 11 – 730-830pm PST
May 18 – 730-830pm PST
May 25 – 730-830pm PST

There will be only 12 spots available. The cost is $60 for the whole series or $20 drop in/class. To register or for more information, please email Ashley Rhianne here.


Ashley Rhianne Bellydance & Pilates in Vancouver

Ashley Rhianne is a Vancouver, BC Canada based oriental dance (bellydance) performer, instructor, choreographer and coach in addition to a Stott Pilates certified instructor.

For performance, Ashley Rhianne is an Egyptian-style dancer with many years of performing experience both here in Canada and internationally including Egypt. She performs at a range of events such as birthdays & celebrations, engagements & weddings, multicultural events, gala shows, store openings & film.tv. Contact her today for more information!

For oriental dance instruction, Ashley Rhianne offers a range of classes & private lessons to help you up level your dance technique & skills whether you are a brand new beginner dancer or a seasoned professional. She is also available to assist with choreography creation, competition & performance coaching. She also offers master level classes and workshop series to help dancers grow with knowledge.

For pilates, Ashley Rhianne offers virtual classes that you can take in the privacy of your own home both in a group setting or 1:1. She is also teaching at Foundation Reformer Pilates in West Vancouver both group classes & private session utilizing pilates apparatus.

Please contact Ashley Rhianne for more information!

Why Dancers Should Cross-Train

My personal philosophy of why dancers should cross-train

As someone who has danced all her life, movement has always held a huge part of interest, investment & therapy. It’s been the place where I always could meet people and make friends, channel my energy & also learn and grow. Here I also learned discipline and the feeling of hard physical work. I was never into sports (still to this day!) but dance was this equivalent.

I went to my first step aerobics class at 11 years old and loved the athletic flow of the class. The combos and sequences were like dance and just made sense to my body. I added fitness to my life from then onwards. The further I went into dance and fitness I started to make the connection of how these two activities were very complimentary to each other. I gained a good understanding of how to shift my weight, where my body was in space (proprioception) and basically how my body worked. This awareness has allowed me to train with higher level performance trainers and keep pushing myself.

Incorporating Pilates into my life has taught me a deeper connection of recruiting muscles + dancing/teaching more anatomically correct.

Cross training also allows our brains to get smarter (really!) by forging new neural pathways that through repetition become engrained in muscle memory. And because our body is very smart & wants to always conserve energy, cross training constantly challenges our body to keep learning and growing. This body growth contributes to our dance in so many ways. Not to mention the strength and stamina we get from training & also the perky bum (ALWAYS a bonus).

As we age through dance, we want to keep our bodies as active as possible so that we can continue to do the things we love to do now. Cross training also decreases the chances of repetitive injuries & aids in recovery.

My Weekly Routine:

I aim for 5 days of exercise a week. I attend 2 HIIT classes a week (usually Tuesdays & Thursdays) at 6am – even though its hard to wake up I am always SO GLAD to have my workout done. I then aim to hit the gym 2 other days in the week to lift weights, get a bit of varied cardio in. I teach a pilates class Wednesdays online and in studio Mondays. I try to get into the studio early so I can get a reformer workout in.

I also teach dance so I get in some practice time and set up my class through training.

On top of this, I aim to walk 10k steps a day and take stairs whenever I can. During the pandemic I was working from home and sitting at my table working so I was only taking between 1500-2k steps a day!! Research has shown time & time again that low impact, steady state exercise like walking is an excellent stress reliever, helps strengthen & tone your legs and boosts mood. I have really enjoyed committing to these walks and it helps break up my work day or is a great way to wind down for sleep.

We only have this body now – treat it like a temple

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Ashley Rhianne at Oriental Passion Saigon 2019

Ashley Rhianne is excited to announce that she will be returning as a featured performer and judge at the 2019 edition of Oriental Passion Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam. This is an incredible opportunity to meet dancers from all over Asia and esteemed teachers Aida Bogomolova (Russia), Ahmed Rafaat (Egypt) and Mijin Kang (Korea).

For festival details, please here.

oriental passion saigon 2019

Ashley Rhianne at Bellyfolklore in Quito, Ecuador

Ashley Rhianne taught at Bellyfolklore Festival this year alongside Mohamed Kazafy, Esmeralda and Oksana Almaz.  It was an incredible event and opportunity to be an instructor at this festival!  Thank you to the Bellyfolklore team for this invitation!