Kelly began her dance training at two and a half years old. She grew up taking classes at Dance Time in Kirkland and was a member of the competition team there for 8 years. Tap has always been her favorite style of dance, taking her to New York, Chicago, and Vancouver BC to take classes, audition, and perform.
She has had the honor of learning from Michelle Dorrance, Chloe Arnold, Derick Grant, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Sarah Reich, Heather Cornell, and Sam Weber to name a few. Currently, Kelly is performing as a member of the Alchemy Tap Project under the direction of Josh Scribner, while also finishing up her last year at Seattle Pacific University, pursuing degrees in Philosophy and Sociology.
5 Questions with Kelly
1. How long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching for 3 years.
2.What made you want to be a teacher?
I wanted to become a teacher because I know how incredibly inspired I was by my teachers growing up and I wanted to have that sort of impact on aspiring dancers. I also wanted to grow as a dancer myself in a new way. I feel that through teaching I have been able to better understand the training I received and figure out how I think it's best to pass on skills to the next generation of dancers. Plus, I get to try my hand at choreography and find my feet as an artist as I give my contribution to tap dance.
3. What are you teaching philosophies?
I have a degree in Philosophy so this is a dangerous question to ask. Basically, I want to give aspiring tap dancers a solid approach to basic techniques, focusing on mechanics and motivation of movement and keeping everything as efficient as possible. I also hope to challenge dancers to be able to navigate many styles of music and movement while still maintaining the technique we've worked on. Plus, I think that things like music theory and history are incredibly important so I try to emphasize those things in my classes. And obviously I want the classroom to be a positive environment where students are encouraged to be the best, most well-rounded dancer I can help them be.
4. What kind of music do you listen to when not teaching?
Most of the music I listen to (when not trying to find new songs to use for class or choreography) includes tunes from the 1960s and 70s. That, and boy bands from the 90s. :)
5. What non-dancing hobbies do you have?
Apart from dancing, I enjoy rock climbing, reading philosophy texts, and eating burritos.