Ashley Galvan was eliminated from the Top 7 results show after suffering an injury to her rib that will take several weeks to recover from. Thankfully, Nigel revealed that Ashley’s journey will continue as a participant on the Fall Tour. The morning after her elimination, the Visalia, CA native opened up about her journey on the show and her future.
Despite her game-ending injury, Ashley was grateful for her experience. “I loved every moment and I got to grow as a dancer and do new experiences like Hip Hop and Quickstep,” Ashley said. “I hope to continue in the business.” She was able to grow as a dancer because of the show, and said that it was tough to show growth the first three weeks of the competition because she had two Contemporary dances and one Jazz. Ashley explains that even those styles were different for her because “I’ve never been partnered before or had to dance with a guy before. So it opened by eyes as a dancer and person that there is so much more to dancing than being in a studio and in competitions. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to do Quickstep and Hip Hop and learn something.”
Most of all, Ashley is upset about leaving her new circle of best friends – her fellow dancers. She explained, “We all connected very well. When one of us is injured we’re all there for each other. When one of us is upset, we’re all there for each other. They told me it wasn’t going to be the same without me.”
Ashley’s favorite part about being on the show was dancing with the All-Stars. “Everybody is so great and they all have amazing personalities,” Ashley shared. “For me not to continue further is sad.” Her favorite was the piece Dee Caspary choreographed for her and Ade about being broken. “It was actually the first time that I got to loosen up as a dancer and not be so placed and worry about lines. It was still amazing,” Ashley recalled.
What’s next for the Lyrical dancer? “I’m hoping that I will be able to go on a lot of auditions for different jobs. Just kind of continue my journey – it’s only beginning now. And hopefully I get to work in movies, commercials, and TV work. I hope someday I get to be on GLEE. That’s my dream!”
We wish Ashley a speedy recovery and can’t wait to see her on tour this fall!