It all began with a simple idea. Actually, not an idea; it was more like a vision, or a wish. But not a wish in full, just Pieces thereof. It was barely a fully contemplated thought. The feeling reminded me of waking in the early morning with the pleasant remnants of a faintly-remembered dream...
…that difficult topics can be addressed through dance, and the community is made better as a result of the discussion.
…that dance professionals need proper support to learn, create, and perform with excellence.
…in supporting professional and burgeoning dancers and dance educators with holistic programming.
…young dancers deserve the opportunity to work in a professional environment.
Pieces of a Dream Dance Theatre
Pieces of a Dream, Inc. is a premiere organization for the performing arts and the only professional modern dance company that is based in the state of Delaware. In recognizing that all forms of art are essential to the full development of our human potential, it is the mission of Pieces of a Dream to serve the people of Delaware and the greater tri-state area by providing superior exposure to meaningful art.
Founded in 2007 by Executive and Artistic Director Ashley SK Davis (formerly Ashley L. Sullivan-Kirksey), Pieces of a Dream Dance Theatre is a professional dance company that performs original modern and contemporary choreography. The company is grounded in the belief that dance is socially relevant beyond its aesthetic appeal. As such, the company’s repertoire discusses a range of topics that are specifically pertinent to modern society, like domestic violence and the historic riots that changed the emotional makeup of Wilmington, Delaware. The uniqueness of each choreographer adds variety to this modern dance-based repertorie, while simultaneously blending to create a complete vision. Keeping in tune with its focus on life beyond dance performance, Pieces of a Dream, Inc. is extremely involved in community development and the holistic personal development of its company members. Company members are not only encouraged to continue to grow artistically, but Pieces of a Dream Dance Theatre members attend workshops covering a variety of topics, including mental wellness and financial literacy.
Ashley SK Davis, Executive & Artistic Director
Ashley SK Davis (formally Ashley L. Sullivan-Kirksey) is a native of Wilmington, Delaware. She began her stage career at the age of 3 and is formally trained in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, African dance forms, and Irish Step dancing. A graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, Ashley was quite involved with the arts while on campus. As a member of the Spelman College Dance Theatre and Mahogany in Motion Dance Team, Ashley studied under Nathan Trice, a regular choreographer for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. In addition to the countless productions in which she performed, she also directed and choreographed for several shows including the Ms. Spelman Coronation for Spelman College and the Miss Black and Gold Pageant for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Ashley’s dance credits also include serving as a dancer for Usher and an assistant choreographer for Six Flags Fright Fest. In 2007, Ashley's choreography was presented as a part of the Spelman College Department of Drama and Dance 75th Anniversary Celebration, which included a new stage play by Pearl Cleage about the life of Coretta Scott King. In addition to serving as the Executive and Artistic Director of Pieces of a Dream, Inc., Ashley is also a Teaching Artist in Drama and Dance for the Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education (DIAE) and the Wolf Trap Institute, an organization dedicated to arts-infused early education. Ashley also teaches for Steppin' Out Dance Center (Oxford, PA) and First State Ballet Theatre (Wilmington, DE).
Ashlei G. Randolph
Ashlei started dancing at the age of 3 at Jean Ferrill School of Dance where she began learning the basic techniques of ballet, tap, and jazz. Dancing, which started as a hobby, quickly grew to become a part of her life. Ashlei's mentor was dance teacher Heidi Yancey-Mosley. She encouraged her to start auditioning for shows to get more theatre exposure. Ashlei's first show was a part in the "Velveteen Rabbit," with ODC Dance Company from San Francisco, CA. Ashlei has also performed in "Charlotte's Web" and "The Phantom Tollbooth" at the Delaware Theatre Company. At age 14, she auditioned to dance at the summer-intensive dance program at the Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York. The following summer, she trained at Philadanco in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ashlei is a Hampton University Alumni, and danced with Hampton’s Terpsichorean Dance Company for 4 years. She was the choreographer for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Wilmington Alumnae Chapter’s 2008 presentation of Jabberwock. She is a seven year member of Pieces of a Dream and currently teaches Contemporary, Jazz, and Musical Theater. Ashlei truly believes that “dance expresses the soul in a way that words never could.”
Pieces of a Dream P*D2
Pieces of a Dream, Inc. also has a second company, P*D2, which is composed of students in middle school and high school. These students are selected based on their technical abilities and performance experience. P*D2 is geared toward young artists who wish to enhance their current dance training by working with other dancers outside the walls of a traditional dance school. Similar to the first company, P*D2 performs extensively in the community and also participates in the Pieces of a Dream, Inc. annual concert. Furthermore, they are invited to develop their creative abilities by choreographing their own dance works. Understanding that young ladies have specific emotional needs and life concerns, members of P*D2 also participate in skills development programs, such as college-planning and financial literacy seminars.