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Meet Ashley Michels

Dancing with Anchors 2022 Contestant

Ashley and Zach have my vote!

How does it work?

VOTING WITH YOUR DOLLARS BEFORE AND AT THE EVENT WILL DETERMINE THE WINNING TEAM – i.e. the team that raises the most money for Anchor Center, wins the competition, and the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy! Voting dollars are a charitable, tax-deductable donation benefiting the children and families of Anchor Center…and a fun way to support your favorite dance team.

IMPORTANT: Your contribution to Anchor Center for Blind Children qualifies for a 50% Colorado Child Care Contribution Credit on your CO state taxes. Example: give a $50 gift, get $25 back!

About Ashley

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Ashley credits the game show “Wheel of Fortune” for launching her into the field of broadcast television. During her freshman year, Ashley was selected as a contestant on the game show. After the taping, a producer told her she should be on TV for a living. Ashley took that advice to heart, and went on to earn a B.A. in broadcast journalism, English and international politics from Northern Illinois University.

Ashley also holds a Master’s degree in political affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield.

Outside of work, Ashley’s passion is travel. She has lived in Australia, Ireland and Peru. Her family lives in Nova Scotia, Canada. Ashley has also backpacked Europe and New Zealand. Her dream trips include Iceland, South Africa and Central America. She’s also a little more than halfway to her goal of visiting all 50 U.S. states.

When she’s not globe-trekking, you can find her exploring Denver and the surrounding mountains. Ashley and her fiancé love to spend their weekends hiking with their yellow lab, Brady.

Ashley's Dancing Partner

Zach Raab

After nearly a decade of dancing, Zach found a passion for West Coast Swing dancing through his aunt, Kathy. She nurtured his development in the small town of Texarkana which ignited his competitive drive to pursue dancing professionally. His style and ambition caught the eyes of Arthur Murray in 2021 before promptly joining the team as an instructor in the Lakewood studio. Zach teaches students of all levels and has had great success in expanding their knowledge and advancing their skills as dancers!

Ashley visits Anchor Center

Ashley stopped by Anchor Center to learn more about our NAVEG study and met with our very own Callie Robinson, Dr. Robert King, and one of our amazing families! We are so grateful to Ashley for taking the time to not only visit Anchor Center, but for investing so much time to practice and participate in Dancing with the Anchors. We can't wait to see you perform!

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