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Our Mission

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The Ballet Studio of Carmel strives to preserve the art of ballet and instill a love of dance in all students by focusing on the whole child. An education in dance is an education in confidence, grace, discipline, and devotion. The lessons learned here reach far beyond the doors of this school.


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Ms. Ashley

Ashley Thibodeau (Ms. Ashley) began her dance training at the age of three at the Madeleine T. Walker School of Ballet in Savannah, Georgia. She quickly developed a deep love of ballet and a passion for performing. As a student, Ashley studied at Ballet Chicago, Colorado Ballet, The Kirov Academy of Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Richmond Ballet. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University on scholarship and graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography. Ashley has had the opportunity to perform across the country with many professional companies such as, Dance Alive! (Gainesville, FL), Colorado Ballet, Richmond Ballet, and Starr Foster Dance Project. She performed Jose Limon's iconic "A Choreographic Offering" at the Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington DC. In 2002, Ashley began teaching an advanced ballet class at a local dance studio, and discovered that she loved teaching dance just as much as performing. She has taught ballet, pointe, modern, and jazz all over the country. Ashley has served as director and ballet mistress of student ensembles and has choreographed three full length ballets and numerous other pieces over the years.


Ashley began teaching ballet out of her home studio in 2016 and The Ballet Studio was born. As Owner/Artistic Director of The Ballet Studio of Carmel, Ashley has had the opportunity to build relationships and share her love of dance with many Hamilton County families. Ashley was thrilled to move The Ballet Studio to its new location in The Carmel Arts and Design District, and looks forward to teaching and training dancers in a beautiful space on Main Street. She and her husband Brian live in Carmel with their five children.

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"Every time I dance I become a better version of myself."