Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Ms. Kelly received the majority of her training at The Boston Ballet School under the instruction of teachers Mme. Tatiana Legat, and her daughter Elena Solovieva. At age 15 she was awarded full scholarship to study abroad at Russia’s Perm State Choreographic Institute in Perm, and at the famed Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg. She later graduated with honors from The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Kelly joined the Cincinnati Ballet in 1998, and performed with the company for 15 years before retiring as a Soloist in 2013. During the course of her career she danced leading roles in many of the classics including; The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Cinderella, and Don Quixote. Balanchine masterpieces that includedJewels, The Four Temperaments, Serenade, andWho Cares! As well as numerous contemporary works from many of today’s leading choreographer’s that include Twyla Tharp, Jorma Elo, Val Caniparoli, and Mauritcio Weinrot.
Since retiring in 2013, Kelly has found a new love of being “on the other side” of the studio. In addition to being on faculty here at the Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet, she recently has dabbled in ballet mistress duties as well. She was the repetiteur for Adam Hougland’s To the Fore (2011 Cincinnati Ballet World Premiere) at SMU in Dallas, and for his Mozart’s Requiem (2010 Cincinnati Ballet World Premiere) performed here by Cincinnati Ballet last season. Ms. Kelly will also be joining the faculty at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music dance department in the fall.