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Venus “the Morning Star or the Evening Star”
Goddess associated with love, beauty and fertility

I first choreographed a piece for The Bazaar -Latin Fever called Heartbeat in February earlier this year and it was a piece about relationships. About how sometimes we stay in a relationships that are not good for us. How we can blind ourselves to the reality of a situation and what is really going on around us.

Daniel, Ashley and I all collaborated on this quite extensively since this was my first duet and I was diving into a dance world that was unknown to me (the tango). Daniel and I met with Michelle Mitchell of Rhythm Dynamix Dance in Oshawa and then we went back to the studio in Toronto to create our first version of Heartbeat.

Later I adapted Heartbeat to become the Venus section of our first full length production Eternal Eclipse. I really wanted to put a twist on the idea of the goddess of love. So we went back into the studio and I wanted to make it a little more darker, to flush out some more of the ideas I had for the dance. The dancers worked fabulously on this and I am very happy with this piece reworked.

Here is the final piece:


Ashley Desson-Demetriadis

Ashley has been studying, creating and performing in dance for over 15 years. She received her professional dance training at York University where she had the experience of performing with diverse choreographers from the Canadian dance community.  

Ashley spent several years traveling and competing in dance across Canada and the United States with great success, receiving numerous awards and scholarships. She has taught locally as a youth and teen dance instructor, and has choreographed several high school student theatre productions. 

Ashley has performed across the GTA in festivals and events, including the Fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists (fFIDA). Her involvement with renowned artists, including the Peggy Baker Dance Projects and the National Ballet School of Canada continues to influence her growth as a performer, teacher and choreographer.


What’s Your Favourite Movie?

Any of the classic ’50’s musicals – High Society, Singin’ in the Rain….

What keeps you dancing?

Martha Graham expressed it best in a letter to Agnes DeMille:
“No artist is pleased.
There is no satisfaction whatever at any time.
There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction;
a blessed unrest that keeps us marching
and makes us more alive than the others.”

One great moment in your life :

Becoming a Mum

What is your favorite word?


What would your perfect day consist of?

Sleeping in, Starbucks, sunshine, a little solitude, a lot of laughter, a great meal, good friends. An adventure, a surprise, a challenge. Cupcakes. An amazing technique class, an inspiring rehearsal, a moment on stage, or a slow dance in my kitchen… as long as I’m dancing! 

Ashley will be performing a sizzling hot tango and modern dance fusion with Daniel at The Bazaar Latin Fever! Tuesday, February 23rd