Ashley Deran is a teaching artist, choreographer, and photographer from Chicago, IL. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance from Western Michigan University where she graduated with honors as the Presidential Scholar. Ashley’s performance credits include works by Paige Cunningham Caldarella, Autumn Eckman, Antony Tudor, Gerald Arpino, and Esoteric Dance Project. After returning to Chicago in 2013, Ashley co-founded Project Bound Dance alongside Ericka Vaughn Byrne. Ashley regularly travels across the nation to teach master classes and to create new choreographic works for students and professionals alike. Her choreography has been presented by numerous companies and festivals including Simantikos Dance Company, Glass City Films, Produce, RAD Festival, Fontana Chamber Arts, Inaside Chicago Dance, and Western Dance Project. She was also a recipient of the DCASE Individual Artist Award and Western Michigan's Legacy grant for collaborative art.