Turns and Leaps
Kellie’s passion for dance began when she was 3 years old. Growing up, she trained competitively in Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Tap & Contemporary at The Winner School. She was a member of the Alta High Drill Team for 3 years where she was the Drill Mistress of her state winning team. While in high school, Kellie won the title of Miss Dance/Drill Team Utah. Kellie was then invited to Nagoya, Japan where she won the title of Miss Dance/Drill Team International and won top honors with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Award. Kellie then continued her education at the University of Utah where she was the head cheerleader.
Kellie danced professionally with Odyssey Dance Utah for seven years. She was the director of Dance Utah Summer Camp. Kellie had the opportunity to direct Odyssey’s Junior Company, O2, for two years.
Kellie’s real passion is teaching and choreographing. She has been teaching for over 25 years. She was nominated for the Who’s Who Among Top Teachers. She has choreographed for Odyssey Dance Theatre, Miss Utah, dancers on Star Search, dancers on So You Think You Can Dance, and Dancing with the Stars. Kellie has choreographed the musicals Peter Pan, Footloose, Rag Time and Wizard of Oz at the Scera Shell Outdoor Theatre.
Kellie’s Student have won many National titles, have been seen dancing on So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, Broadway Stages in New York, at Julliard, on tour with pop stars, and dancing internationally.
Kellie was a co-founder of The Vibe Performing Arts. In 2011 the Vibe dancers were finalists on Paula Abduls dance show “Live to Dance”. Kellie has choreographed and directed shows with the Vibe including, Move, One Night Only, and Evolutions of Dance. In January 2012, the Vibe danced in Hong Kong, China in the Chinese New Year parade celebration.
Kellie is currently teaching dance full time at American Leadership Academy in Spanish Fork, Utah where she directs the Drill Team, Dance Company and Junior High Dance Company. She is so excited to be joining the Utah Dance Artist team to share her experience and passion with all the amazing students.