Teachers

ALDC

“Creating Memories To Last A Lifetime”.

Ashleigh Lee Ackerman ~ Owner & Artistic Director

Professional Experience:

Ashleigh received her first contract in Japan singing & dancing for JTB at 8 years old, then continued to perform professionally in numerous paid performances throughout QLD and Sydney until taking to the USA at 15yrs to perform in California LA & Las Vegas Nevada with her family and previous dance company. Once she was 18yrs, the sky was the limit and she secured contracts touring Singapore with ESPN & Adrenalin Australia, which then led to becoming backup dancer/singer for Australian Idols Stan Walker, Emily Williams, Zoe Badwi, R&B international icons; Chamillionaire, Obey Trice, Crazy Town, Nelly, Kanye West and Ashley Roberts on The Pussycat Dolls Australian World Tour.

With 26 years of training as a dancer/singer/actor, also professionally working in the industry as an entertainer from such a young age and 15 years experience as a performance teacher/choreographer; Miss Ashleigh created ALDC for students wanting to be versatile in all modern popular styles of performance at affordable prices for families. As the oldest daughter of 4 girls who all grew up in the performance world, dance and performance gave the Ackerman girls values that have provided them with successful careers and helped shape them into who they are today~ in particular the benefits of gross motor and cognitive development for one of Ashleigh’s younger sister’s who is special needs. Ashleigh is a fantastic and positive role model, inspiring her students to be great entertainers and performers….but more importantly, teaching today’s generation that they can feel special and accepted by simply making an effort towards being the best version of themselves.

Danielle Ackerman ~ Industry Choreographer

Currently on Royal Caribbean Cruise International Performance Contract.

Professional Experience: 

Danielle has had very successful professional performance jobs since turning 18 working for The Evolution Agency & Velvet Rope Entertainment. She was featured in the NRL Magic Round, VIVA Festival GC and as back up dancer for Australian Idol’s Paulini Curuenavuli on her 2018 New Year’s Eve Tour. She has also worked in the film & television industry on Nickelodeon’s new ‘Dora The Explorer – Lost City Of Gold’ movie with Paramount Pictures and you can spot her on the 2019 season of Channel 7’s Australia’s Got Talent, performing with the ‘Dynamite Army’.

Miss Danielle has been training for 16 years with older sister Ashleigh and has completed her cert IV & Diploma in Dance. She has recently graduated from the Evolution Agency Pre-Professional Program and completed her certification at Dynamite Studio’s Academy, learning & performing alongside some of the top choreographers and specialists in the Australian performance industry. Her choreography and creativity help raise the level at ALDC, providing amazing full-time dance quality at casual prices for our families.

Melissa Ackerman ~ Admin & Accounts Manager

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Melissa is Ashleigh’s mother and the manager of ALDC running all admin, accounts and enquiries as a main point of contact via the studio phone/email. She has plenty of experience running multiple family businesses for 25+ years and applies the same skills at our studio, also from a parent’s perspective. Being the mother of 4 daughters growing up in the performance world taught her a lot from being both a paying client to operating a successful studio.

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