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Biographical
Gender Female
Born August 10, 2005
Age 8
Height 4' 6" (est.; 4' 2" in Nov 2012)
Projected
Adult Ht
5' 4"
Home Corona, CA
Occupation
Dancer
Student
Gymnast
Affiliations
Just Plain Dancin'
Orange County Performing Arts Academy
Abby Lee Dance Company
Bloc Talent Agency
Friends and Family
Parents
Kristie Ray (mother)
Shawn Ray (father)
Siblings
Bella Blu (younger sister)
Friends
Maddie Ziegler
Mackenzie Ziegler
Brooke Hyland
Paige Hyland
Nia Frazier
Kendall Vertes
Chloe Lukasiak
Sophia Lucia
First Appearance
Watch Your Back, Mack
Last Appearance
Girl Talk
Quick Links
Search YouTube for Asia Monet Ray
Browse Asia Solos
Asia Monet Ray (born August 10, 2005) was first on Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition where she placed third.

Then she joined the cast of Dance Moms in Season 3, on the episode of Watch Your Back, Mack. She departed the ALDC at the end of the third season, although she made a small appearance in the fourth season episode Girl Talk.

Raising Asia

Raising Asia, a new reality program featuring Asia, is set to premiere on Lifetime on Tuesday, July 29th.[1] The series will also feature Asia's mother Kristie Ray; father (and former professional bodybuilder) Shawn Ray; and sister Bella Blu Ray. The show will follow Asia's activities and performances as both singer and dancer.[2] To date, Lifetime has ordered fourteen episodes. It is reportedly produced by Collins Avenue,[3] although in a recent Afterbuzz interview prior to official announcement, Jeff Collins (perhaps disingenuously) had denied any knowledge of the topic.

In Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition

For information on Asia's appearances on Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition, click here.

In Dance Moms

Season Three

  • Asia joined the ALDC in the episode Watch Your Back, Mack. In this episode, she has her first  solo on the show called Rock That which she wins 1st place with.
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  • In The View From the Top, Abby makes Asia and Mackenzie compete for a spot in "The Last Text", rehearsing the dance with one of them in the dance, then rehearsing with the other. Shortly before performing, Abby announces that Mackenzie will get to return in her old role.
  • (missing section)
  • In Two Girls, One Solo, she competes against Mackenzie with a solo called two hot two handle. After she performed, Abby says she ruined the whole performence because she lip sinked almost the whole thing. Asia still ended up beating Mackenzie and placing 1st.
  • (missing section)
  • In Do-Si-Do and Do-Si-Don't, Abby gives Asia a duet with Chloe with the need to prove herself before nationals. The odd pairing finishes second.
  • In The Big, Not So, Easy, Kristie announced to everyone that Asia is retiring from the world of competitive dance and from now on, she will train with choreographers in Los Angeles, California.

Season Four

  • Even though Asia is no longer part of the team, she was in the episode Girl Talk. In this episode, when asked what her favorite solo was, she answered that she liked all her solos on the show. Mackenzie says that her favorite solo of Asia's is "The Robot" because she thought she was really good in that one. She also tells Mackenzie that she thinks Mackenzie could be Katy Perry in two years.

Appearances

Pyramid

Season 3A

Episode  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16  17/
 18 
Asia N/A Bottom Top Middle Bottom

Season 3B

Episode  22   23   28   30   31   32   33   34   35   36   37 
Asia Middle Bottom Middle Middle Bottom Bottom N/A Middle Top Middle

Dances

Solos

Season 3

Episode Dance Name
Song Name
Dance Style Place
Awards
Watch Your Back, Mack Rock That Jazz 1st
The Politics of Dancing Ready For War Jazz 1st
Candy Apple Showdown The Robot
Robot Prisoner
Jazz 1st

Season 3.5

Episode Dance Name
Song Name
Dance Style Place
Awards
Two Girls, One Solo Too Hot To Handle
2 Hot 2 Handle
Jazz 1st
Recital Rebellion Land of Fruits and Nuts
Laughing Mambo
Calypso Not Applicable
Gone, Abby Gone Lightning Jazz 1st
Divas Las Vegas The Flamingo Jazz 1st

Duets

Season 3

Episode Dance Name
Song Name
Dance Style Partner Place
Awards
May I Have This Dance? Move U 2 Jazz Nia Frazier 1st

Season 3.5

Episode Dance Name
Song Name
Dance Style Partner Place
Awards
On-Again, Off-Again Abby We Hit Harder Modern Jazz Mackenzie Ziegler 1st
Do-Si-Do and Do-Si-Don't My Doll Contemporary Chloe Lukasiak 2st

Group Dances

Season 3

Episode Dance Name
Song Name
Dance Style Dancers Place
Awards
The Politics of Dancing Free the People
Live to See Another Day
Contemporary Maddie Ziegler
Brooke Hyland
Paige Hyland
Nia Frazier
Kendall Vertes
Chloe Lukasiak
2nd
May I Have This Dance? Hear No Evil
This Won't End Quietly
Contemporary Brooke Hyland
Paige Hyland
Nia Frazier
Kendall Vertes
Chloe Lukasiak
1st
Candy Apple Showdown Runaways/Children With Guns
All Alone
Contemporary Maddie Ziegler
Brooke Hyland
Paige Hyland
Nia Frazier
Kendall Vertes
Mackenzie Ziegler
Chloe Lukasiak
2nd

Season 3.5

Episode Dance Name
Song Name
Dance Style Place
Awards
Dancers
Recital Rebellion Sugar Babies
Candy Girls
Musical Theater Maddie Ziegler
Nia Frazier
Kendall Vertes
Chloe Lukasiak
Mackenzie Ziegler
Not Applicable
Clash of the Dance Moms Open Waters
Swim
Contemporary Maddie Ziegler
Mackenzie Ziegler
Chloe Lukasiak
Nia Frazier
Kendall Vertes
Payton Ackerman
1st
The Dancing Dead On the Verge
Child's Heart
Contemporary Maddie Ziegler
Mackenzie Ziegler
Chloe Lukasiak
Nia Frazier
Kendall Vertes
Payton Ackerman
4th
Gone, Abby Gone Just Be Jazz Maddie Ziegler
Brooke Hyland
Paige Hyland
Nia Frazier
Kendall Vertes
Payton Ackerman
Mackenzie Ziegler
Chloe Lukasiak
1st
Do-Si-Do and Do-Si-Don't Country Cuties
Soon Parted
Country Nia Frazier
Chloe Lukasiak
Kendall Vertes
Mackenzie Ziegler
Brooke Hyland
Paige Hyland
Maddie Ziegler
1st

Trivia

  • Asia has known Sophia Lucia since she was two-years-old with Sophia calling Asia her "little diva."[4]
  • Asia says all the girls and moms were nice, and she especially got along with Mackenzie, as well as with Maddie.[5]
  • Her father is Shawn Ray, a former professional bodybuilder.
  • Asia weighed sixty-two pounds as of November 2012.[6]
  • Before her departure back to Los Angeles, she was the smallest dancer in the ALDC junior elite group.
  • Asia used to be in ice skating when she was younger.[6]
  • She is of African American, German, Samoan and Chinese descent.
  • Asia has appeared in a Hillary Clinton documentary and on the cover of Dance Spirit magazine. She has also been in a runway show for Sketchers.
  • Her favorite styles of dance to perform are hip-hop, funk and jazz.
  • Her favorite color is pink.
  • If she doesn't end up being a professional dancer, she would love to be a choreographer.
  • Her favorite subjects at school are art and reading.
  • She was a competitor on Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition.
  • Asia's "Rock That" costume was Maddie's solo costume from her 2010 musical theater solo, "Big Bow Wow".
  • Asia was Petite Miss Starpower at Las Vegas in 2011, while Brianna Haire was Junior Miss Starpower at the same event.[7]
  • On AUDC, Asia says she was closest with Lexine and Jordyn, already having been friends with the latter since "forever."[8]
  • She is the third contestant from AUDC to be shown on "Dance Moms." The other two are Hadley Walts and Zack Torres.
  • Asia's younger sister, Bella Blu Ray, is currently active in gymnastics.
  • Her Zodiac sign is Libra.
  • Speaking with the show Afterbuzz, Abby praised Asia, but also said she was hyperactive and would run around "breaking everything in the building." Giselle Ugarte (one of her interviewers) stated that she also has spent time with Asia and the trick is to give her a book because she loves to read.[9]
  • At the Energy competition filmed for Watch Your Back, Mack, she was photographed in a competition solo[10] and listed as Miss Petite Energy in official results; but the same results make no mention of her placing in any solo.[11] It has been speculated that she entered as a professional dancer, with her mother sometimes calling her this on the show.
  • Every time Abby entered her to compete a solo in a dance competition, she would consistently win 1st Place in her category.
  • She has blackish-brown hair and the length of her hair is slightly longer than Paige's. She has dark brown eyes.

Gallery

To view the gallery for Asia Ray, click here.

External Links

References

  1. https://twitter.com/DanceMoms/status/481616508833890305
  2. http://www.thewrap.com/young-dance-moms-phenom-asia-monet-gets-spinoff-show-at-lifetime/
  3. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2014/06/25/lifetime-orders-fourteen-episodes-of-docuseries-raising-asia-show-set-to-premiere-tuesday-july-29/276910/
  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8aIvNHbLhk#t=3m30s
  5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8aIvNHbLhk#t=2m5s
  6. 6.0 6.1 http://content.blocagency.com/la/artist-content/kids/asia-ray/resume/Asia%20Ray%20-%20Resume%20Nov%202012.pdf
  7. http://web.archive.org/web/20110927084501/http://www.starpowertalent.com/CompetitionResults/2011TitleWinners/tabid/916/Default.aspx?PageContentID=88
  8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8aIvNHbLhk#t=0m40s
  9. http://youtu.be/Mg8XngzhPvU?t=44m00s
  10. http://thomasjamesphoto.smugmug.com/Other/ENERGY-HIGHLAND-FEB2-2013/27870402_N56NXL#!i=2352688991&k=6v45N8C
  11. http://www.energyndc.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Competition-Results-for-Highland1.pdf


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