We are really excited to welcome Ashleigh to The Refinery.


Ashleigh Wilson

Originally hailing from a farm in the Gauteng Province in South Africa, Ashleigh grew up in Cape Town, finishing her academic studies before pursuing Classical Ballet training full time.

She danced in Swan Lake, Coppelia, La Bayadere and other prolific contemporary works at the Semper Opera Ballet in Germany upon graduation from Martin Schönbergs Ballet Theatre Afrikan Academy. She then performed for Germanys Television Ballet and toured throughout Europe.

She joined Peter Schaufuss Ballet in London, performing as a soloist in the 2013 season which toured Denmark. She was an original cast member in Grammy nominated Inala: A Zulu Ballet which featured fellow South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and dancers from Rambert and the Royal Ballet.  This toured throughout the UK in 2014 and 2015 and went to Moscow, Russia as well as being featured on the Royal Variety Performance.

She continues to work as a freelance artist in London and travels widely both back to South Africa and to the US.


Catch Ashleigh teaching her powerful barre class – ‘Strong not Skinny’ on Thursday’s from 18:30 – 19:30.