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Began dancing at the age of 6 at Ballet Austin Academy in Austin, Texas. At 14, Aisling attended a summer session at the North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA) and was invited to stay for the full year program on scholarship. She trained under many amazing teachers from around the globe, including guest teacher Laura Alonso (daughter of Alicia Alonso and Fernando Alonso of the Cuban Ballet), former New York City Ballet dancer Melissa Hayden, former American Ballet Theatre dancers Warren Conover and Fanchon Cordell, and former Kirov Ballet dancer Nina Danilova.

She attended summer intensives at Ballet Austin Academy, North Carolina School of the Arts, American Ballet Theatre in New York City, and Pacific Northwest Ballet on full scholarship.

Aisling’s dance training included many forms of dance and acting classes: ballet, contemporary/modern, jazz dance, tap, character, traditional Indian dance, and African dance.

While in her senior year of high school at NCSA, William Whitener, then Artistic Director of Kansas City Ballet, attended a performance Aisling was dancing in and offered her a contract for the following season. Kansas City Ballet became her home for the next 15 years, until her retirement in May 2014.

Aisling performed in many ballets and roles while at the Kansas City Ballet, including her personal favorites: Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, George Balanchine’s Agon, and The Dying Swan Solo by Mikhail Fokine.