Kelly is a graduate of Les Ateliers de Danse Moderne Inc. (LADDMI), a professional Dance Program (now known as École de danse Contemporaine de Montréal) in Québec, Canada. Formerly a professional dancer, aerialist, physical theater artist, and jazz vocalist, Kelly had over 500 performances in 22 countries. With the physical theater company DynâmO Theatre, Kelly served as a Canadian Representative for Theater at the World EXPO in 2000 and performed in the International Theater Festival (Caracas, Venezuela), International Youth Theater Festival (Krems, Austria), International Movement Theater Festival (Nevers, France), and the Hoboken Theater Festival (Rotterdam, Holland). As a member of the company for 10 years, Kelly participated in 300-hr yearly professional training in gymnastics, circus arts and physical theater. Kelly was also a solo artist performing in Montreal at Tangente Theater, and in the Edgy Women dance series at Studio 303. As a jazz vocalist she performed in the Montreal Jazz Festival numerous times, and held weekly gigs at locations in Montreal over a period of 10 years.
After retiring as a performer, Kelly moved from Montreal to Boston where she worked as Dance Director, choreographer and theater teacher at the Noble and Greenough School for seven years. While working Kelly also obtained her MALS degree through the external degree program of Skidmore College based out of Saratoga Springs, NY. She wrote her Masters thesis, The Art and Science of Somatics: Theory, History and Scientific Foundations completed under the mentorship of Dr. Martha Eddy (founder of Dynamic Embodiment™). Kelly also pursued independent course studies with Eddy in Theories of Motor Expression, Application of Movement Analysis, Practice in Body Mind Centering®, Laban/ Bartenieff Movement Analysis, Perceptual Motor Development, Embodied Anatomy and Physiology, and Dynamics of Touch.
After having her first child Kelly became a full-time mother and an independent scholar. From Boston she moved to Northern Ireland with her Irish husband for two years and now lives in Toronto where she is Research and Development manager for her husband’s company Ecoverse Canada. Kelly is presently preparing a manuscript on the American body-mind pioneer Genevieve Stebbins. A section of this research is published as a chapter in the 2016 bookMindful Movement with Dr. Martha Eddy and University of Chicago Press. Kelly has also published articles in Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy: A Journal for Theory, Research and Practice (2014) and in Currents: The Journal of Body-Mind Centering ® Association (Winter 2016).
Kelly is excited to share the therapeutic value to be found in somatic education practices. After experiencing a difficult birth, followed soon after by early menopause and the death of her most beloved best friend, Kelly was forced to deal with the crippling bodily effects of grief and trauma. Her personal practice of somatic movements proved to be enormously beneficial in her recuperative therapeutic process. There are a variety of ways in which ‘crippling effects’ on the body can occur- by surgery, overwork, physical tension, and physical habits. Kelly hopes to be able to share somatic movement experiences to help others develop fundamental bodily knowledge, leading towards greater self-awareness and well-being. Bodily awareness develops by sensing and moving and getting a ‘feel for it’- slowly and steadily as awareness grows greater physical harmony, ease of motion, vitality and renewed energy can be found.