Ashley Smith-Bailey was born and grew up in South London. He is a singer/songwriter/dancer and actor who took part in the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics. At the age of 8 he yearned to sing and was tutored by Robert Wolf who trained him in spite of his young age.
Ashley returned to education his obvious talent for performance was recognised so he commenced a Performing Arts Course at Islington College. Whilst studying he became involved with Angel Shed Children’s Theatre continuing to work with them long after his course finished, becoming a Lead Practitioner due to his great rapport with the children, parents and other practitioners.
His dancing and teaching skills led him to work with community groups such as Dancing After Schools Clubs, Holiday Clubs and Street Breakers. He became a Dance Instructor for J’s Dance Factory in Spring 2012 and has shown great skill in building and bringing out confidence in his young pupils through dance; working well with both the organisation and the parents.
Ashley is head of Street dance at Js Dance Factory and is very excited to be reaching out to 100’s of students each week!
Jessica qualified as a dance teacher with the Associated Board of Dance and trained in New York at the Martha Graham Dance School before moving to London to train at Laban where she gained a BA (HONS) in Dance Theatre. During her training at Laban she performed in the UK premiere of the restaged 'Primitive Mysteries' originally choreographed by Martha Graham and went onto to tour the UK and Malta.
When Jessica graduated in 2010 she gained professional dance work with Willi Dorner 'Bodies in urban Spaces' and Fluer Darkin Ensemble 'Disgo'. In 2011 she toured Morocco, Madrid and Munich with 'Crystaline' an act created by the circus company Tumbellina Productions.
Jessica then went onto tour nationally with 'Marks.Set.Go!' a work choreographed by Jules Laville as part of the Cultural Olympiad, her latest professional work includes a tour with WatkinsDance 'Angled Eye' and being a company dancer for 3 years with Joss Arnott Dance on the 'Dark Angel' tour.
Jessica is now pursuing her career within dance education and in January 2013 she joined Dancing After School as Business Manager where she teaches in Primary schools cross London. This is her passion. She now teaches on the A-level dance course at Mascalls Secondary School and Highworth Grammar School and is delighted to be inspiring young dancers to pursue their dreams.
It was always Jessica’s dream to run her own dance school and in September 2013 she became principal of Js Dance Factory, Croydon where she is head of Ballet and Tap.