Radiant Rhythm Initiative's goal is to provide tap dancers the opportunity to learn from some of the best professional tap dancers in today's industry. To also support the Minnesota tap community by providing quality learning opportunities for tap dancers of all levels. Through our initiatives and events, our focus is to continue to push the art form of tap dance forward while connecting tap dancers from all over the world.
Founder and Director
Ashley Gonzalez was born and raised in Central Minnesota. After attending her first tap festival in August 2013, Ashley began to pursue tap dance. From there, she started to attend tap festivals all around the U.S. to learn from professional tap dancers that were thriving in the tap industry. She began training under the direction of Chloe Arnold and Ricci Milan, growing and exploring in the art form. She has expanded her training by studying under Sarah Reich and Aaron Williams where she has had a strong focus on technique and musicality, while continuing to travel all over the world to learn as much as she can from professionals with various different styles.
Ashley has a passion for rhythm and learning: she sings and plays the flute and piccolo in addition to tap dancing, teaching, and choreographing. Ashley has danced many styles of dance for 13 years. She was a member of Chloe and Maud Arnold’s No Filter Sole Talk youth tap company, American Tap Company, and the Minnesota Dance Ensemble.
Ashley performed at the 2018 Governors Ball Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, the 2018 MLBA All Star Pre Party Concert in Washington DC, and was a special guest performer in who brought the HUMBUG Christmas production in Minneapolis, produced by Ricci Milan. Ashley performed at the Voices of the People Welcome Celebration for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration. She performed in the Disney Newsies Broadway Musical at the University of Northwestern. In addition to this, Ashley has performed and competed internationally, receiving a bronze medal for her tap solo at the IDO World Performing Arts Cup in Seoul, South Korea. She also received a bronze medal at Dance World Cup Championships in Offenburg, Germany for a tap duet.
Along with her tap education, training, and performing, Ashley was chosen to represent the state of Minnesota as a tap dancer in the book Dance Across the USA by Jonathon Givens. Another honor she has been given was when she was chosen with a select few to sing with the Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in 2018 in New York City. Some additional performances consist of Rejuv Medical Summit, Angel Foundation Charity event and National Tap Dance Day to name a few.
It is under the love, support, and mentorship of Leah and Ron Silva that Ashley is able to put on the event Swingin’ into Summer Tap Festival. They are helping her in many aspects of business and pushing her to work hard and believe in herself.