Kelly completed her Master of Fine Arts in Dance from The University of California, Irvine and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance with honors from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has studied Limón Technique and repertory from the legendary Betty Jones and has also attended Summer MELT at Danspace Project in NYC and the LA Contemporary Dance summer intensive. Kelly is certified in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of American Ballet Theatre's National Training Curriculum.
Since receiving her comprehensive Pilates certification through Core
Conditioning in 2007, Kelly has taught Pilates and worked as a physical
therapist's aide in various studios and was an on-set Pilates instructor to
Michael Jackson's dancers in preparation for the famed "This Is It" world
tour. She can also be seen in Balanced Body's official webisodes and in
Richard Simmons' Workout Wednesdays videos.
Kelly has taught at The University California, Irvine and is currently on
faculty at Cypress College and Loyola Marymount University teaching
modern dance technique and Pilates. An avid teacher since1996, Kelly
continues to share her love of dance with students around the country
through master classes, workshops, and private lessons. Kelly is currently
the Ballet Director at Revolution Dance Center in Montrose, CA.
Through her scholarly research, Kelly aims to bridge the gaps between
modern dance's rich historical past and the current dance climate, with
emphasis on the ways in which dance history influences ones' own
"artistic ancestry." Her master's thesis examined the ways in which
Denishawn and Los Angeles affected one another, and how the element of a celebrity figure might have played a role in the success of the company and its founders, Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn. Kelly has presented her research at the Osher Lifelong Learnng Institute (OLLI).
Kelly is a proud recipient of the Medici Scholar Award, The Elizabeth and Thomas Tierney Scholarship, The Claire Trevor School of the Arts Travel and Research Grant, The University of the Arts Promising Artist Award, and the UC Irvine Graduate Fellowship.
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