Since the age of 16 Ashley Hart has been a successful Australian model, working with an ever-increasing list of clients before moving to New York seven years ago.
Ashley admits this is the longest she’s been back in Australia since moving to America and she’s excited to join the show, learn to dance and be surrounded by the support of her family, friends and fellow model and fiancé, Buck Palmer.
“Inviting people to the shows makes it all a little bit more real and nerve racking, but mum is wrapped and Buck is super supportive of everything that I do,” Ashley says.
Ashley has been partnered with Julz Tocker, who is also making his Australian Dancing With The Stars debut this season. Having worked on the US version of the show for the past 18 months, he has already encouraged Ashley to visualise taking home the coveted mirror-ball trophy.
“I think Australia will really like Julz! He’s very full on and he’s a great dancer with a great heart. My intention for the show was just to have fun and I don’t think I’ve ever giggled or laughed so much in my life.”
Being a yogi, Ashley thought she had a lot of body awareness, but she says this is a whole other ballpark.
“I was really sore during the first rehearsals and now I feel like my body is finally keeping up. I feel like I would be in my element with contemporary, because you can go barefoot and it feels more real, earthy and in the moment and I’m looking forward to hopefully dancing that dance,” she says.
Ashley is competing with 10 other stars, joking that she may have to take out fellow model and competitor Kyly Clarke’s legs as she has a dancing background that may become a threat to winning the show.
“I’m looking forward to all of it to be honest, the glitz, the glamour, the nerves, the excitement... Bring it on!”
Tune in to Channel 7 to watch Ashley and Julz heat up the dance floor and compete for the mirror-ball trophy and raise money for their chosen charity, The Celebrate Life Foundation.
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