Ashleigh Kiven is one of Australia’s most accomplished dancers, having performed as a leading dancer for countless celebrated live shows and widely acclaimed performances across her career, including the smash hit Elmo’s World Tour, where she performed as one of the main characters from the iconic Sesame Street franchise Zoe, in over 60 cities and venues to sold out audiences across Australia.
She also performed as a principal for the widely celebrated show In The Heights, and earned her widespread praise from audiences across the industry, the show was also held at a variety of venues, including Chapel off Chapel in Melbourne. She performed in Yours Truly, a period piece based around a combination of contemporary storytelling and dancing, which was performed to sold out audiences at Theatre Works in St. Kilda, to the acclaim of fans and critics across the Australian dance community. Each of her performances as a dancer, both on stage and on screen has been massively well received, and she has been tremendously impactful on the existing success of each of her productions.
Ms. Kiven’s accomplishments exemplify her incredible talent and notoriety as a leading dancer, and as such, she is our client of the month!
1. What has been the highlight of your career, if you had to choose one project/moment?
The highlight of my career was performing in the Australian Premier of ‘In the Heights’ as ensemble and Nina understudy. It’s an extraordinary show and to be a part of what was a very special cast and creative team is an experience I will always cherish.
2. What projects are you currently working on, or have scheduled in the U.S.?
Here in the US I am currently finishing off a production of Disney’s ‘Newsies’ the Musical, directed and choreographed by Marcos Santana at the Axelrod Performing Arts Centre. I played a Female Newsie/Ensemble and was honored the roles of both Dance and Fight Captain.
3. If you could provide one tip to others interested in pursuing a visa in the U.S., what would it be?
The relationships you build on the job are key as the support and input of my previous employers were crucial.