Tap and Jazz Divisions
Originally from the Southside of Chicago, Kelly brings extensive dance training in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop and Musical Theatre. As a Mother McAuley Alumni, Kelly followed her passion for dance and musical theatre to Millikin University’s Musical Theatre Program: earning a BFA in Musical Theatre, as well as Minors in Dance and Creative Writing. She has also trained with Chicago’s Lou Conte Dance Center, as well as at Joel Hall and the former Applause Dance Academy.
Over the past 11+ years Kelly has proudly lead the tap and jazz class divisions at Dance Gallery. Over the past decade Miss Kelly has instructed thousands of our tappers and jazz students of all ages: from tiny tap, to the adult advanced classes!
“My Classes are unique, LOUD, super fun and educational. I believe in killer technique and repetition, as well as challenging and encouraging my students to see what they can really do. If they do not understand a certain step: I will say it another way. We will find away to learn & grow together. Even the quietest kid can really come out of their shell! ”
Miss Kelly also lead our Dance Gallery Spring Competition team to earn First Place in Chicago, with her advanced tap original choreography!
Our Dance Gallery elite tappers have also been invited to perform a tap piece in Disney World this year! (Summer 2018).
In addition to instruction and choreography, Kelly adores her squishy-smiley baby Harry, as well as enjoys performing in the Chicago area. She has trained with the exclusive pianist for “Redhead Piano Bar,” as well as previously performed on NBC’s production of “Grease, You’re The One That I Want”, and Leisl for local OLPD production of “The Sound of Music.” Kelly was also chosen to perform in the All-State Theatre Production of “Pirates of Penzance”.