Miss Kelly began dancing at the age of 3 at a local dance studio. Although her first recital was full of those, “shy 3 year old stage fear tears,” the 21 years of dance that followed brought nothing but smiles and amazing memories and friendships to her life. Over the years Miss Kelly trained in ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics and lyrical, but by the age of 6 her love and talent for acrobatics was very apparent. Although she tried gymnastics for a few years alongside her dance training, dance is what always remained a steady aspect of her life. At the age of 11, she became a helper at her local dance studio, and loved being a part of the younger children’s classes. This is where Miss Kelly’s joy for working with kids truly began.
Growing up Miss Kelly was always an active kid. She was a part of many soccer and basketball teams as well as cross country and track & field, even with all of her involvement in sports she always found time to get to her dance classes and constantly improve her technique and training. Miss Kelly is no stranger to the competition circuit of the dance world as she began competing at the young age of 8. Throughout middle and high school she competed with her studio’s dance team in both jazz and lyrical. However, Miss Kelly truly shined on stage year after year with her acrobatic solo performances. She always captured her audience with her amazing strength and control to accomplish the tricks she mastered, yet always maintained such grace and poise while doing so. With the combination of both she always managed to get the Judge’s to notice her, which resulted in her winning many overall high score awards in her age divisions over the years. Miss Kelly also grew up performing at local elderly assisted living homes, soup kitchens and St. Jude Telethon performances. These performances meant more to Miss Kelly than any competition trophy ever did as Miss Kelly has always had a giving heart and any way she can help those around her and bring a smile to their face she’s willing to do.
In 2007 Miss Kelly headed off to Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), where she graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Her college years kept her very busy yet still Miss Kelly found the time to keep dance a part of her life. She began teaching and assisting in some acrobatic classes at a local dance studio, as well as providing private lessons to those who really wanted to master the art of acrobatics. Miss Kelly truly enjoyed watching her students accomplish the many skills that they worked so hard for, throughout their time with her. During this time she also had the opportunity to choreograph some acrobatic solos for competition. Miss Kelly has a true knack for getting to know her students strengths and choreographing a routine that is very suitable to their personality. Because of Miss Kelly’s attention to the fine details and her students needs, her choreography has been recognized for both special awards and overall high score awards.
Although Miss Kelly loved the world of dance and says it will forever remain apart of her life, her passion for working with kids was so strong that she knew she wanted to be able to touch the lives of so many other children besides just inside the walls of a dance studio. At the age of 16 Miss Kelly began working with kids at after school programs and summer day camps. Currently, she still works at Camp MOE, a summer day camp in Torrington. While working there Miss Kelly is able to not only demonstrate her love for dance and sports, but also use her extensive knowledge that she has gained throughout her college years. At Camp MOE Miss Kelly has worked with all ages from five through sixteen and has held many leadership positions throughout her many years being apart of their program. She is a familiar face to the many campers who regularly attend Camp MOE, and a face that they get extremely excited to see every Summer.
One of Miss Kelly’s most recent ventures is volunteering and working for the Autism Families CONNECTicut Inc. (AFC) based out of West Hartford, CT. There she has been apart of helping, organizing and running programs such as “Dancing On The Spectrum”, “Playing On The Spectrum”, and various themed Teen Nights. She truly enjoys being apart of this organization and the friendships that she has built with the other workers and volunteers. Miss Kelly is looking forward to the many opportunities that AFC will bring to her life in the near future.
Currently, Miss Kelly is continuing her education at CCSU as she is working very hard on earning her Masters Degree in Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling. Throughout the school year she holds a full time job as a Para-Professional in the Torrington School District, where once again Miss Kelly has the opportunity to touch the lives of so many children. We are truly honored to have Miss Kelly join us on our faculty at DBA Dance. Her love for dance and extensive background of working with children will be a huge benefit to all of our students here at DBA Dance. It doesn’t take anyone long to see Miss Kelly’s heart of gold and true passion of working with children shine through