Ashley McQueen, Founder/Artistic Director of Smashworks Dance Collective, graduated with a BFA in Dance from Webster University and is currently pursuing her MFA in Dance from Hollins University while working as a Teaching Artist for Notes In Motion Outreach Dance Theatre and performing with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre. She has danced with numerous professional companies, including ShawnBibleDanceCo. (New York), Arova Contemporary Ballet (Birmingham, AL), and Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company (St. Louis, MO). Her company Smashworks Dance Collective performs regularly around the New York area, and was named a Village Voice “Voice Choices" for their evening length performance of "City Stories" at Center for Performance Research. McQueen was twice invited by ANNONYArts to independently choreograph and direct two evening length concerts and was named a Kranzberg Exhibition Series Guest Artist, where she choreographed Laune, a site-specific dance performance on rideable lawnmowers for Laumeier Sculpture Park. McQueen’s choreography has been presented at the Dance STL Spring to Dance Festival, American College Dance Festival, St. Louis National Dance Week, HeForShe Arts Week NYC, All Over Westbeth, PLATFORM (NYC Transit Museum), Footprints Modern Dance Festival, Dance Astoria Festival, Take Root at Green Space, Sans Limites Dance Winter Concert, and Regional Dance America SERBA Festivals. She also set works for companies such as The Big Muddy Dance Company, Arova Contemporary Ballet, Alabama Dance Theatre, and Southern Danceworks. McQueen collaborates with Nomadic Limbs/Thom Dancy to create and perform an original work through the Lake Arts Project (2015-2017), an education outreach program that pairs professional dancers with young artists for a collaborative experience.