Maggie Kelly is a professionally trained dancer from Komoka, Ontario, Canada, well versed in all disciplines of dance. Maggie began dancing at the tender age of three, and competing only four years later. Maggie received early acceptance to the Joffrey Ballet School at age 17, with a $1,000.00 scholarship, and moved to New York City the following year to begin her professional training. Maggie studied under the tutelage of the artistic director, Michael Blake, among many other highly regarded professionals, for one year. Maggie then transferred to Steps on Broadway, and at Steps, completed six months of independent study. In September 2017, Maggie joined the Steps Conservatory, and is now the first Canadian student to graduate from the program. At Steps, Maggie trained rigorously under Espen Giljane, Tiffany Rea-Fischer, Mike Esperanza, and Al Blackstone, among many others. Maggie was also selected to be Horton instructor JoLea Maffei's teaching assistant. Maggie has furthered her education with a variety of summer intensives, including Joffrey West in Los Angeles, the Ailey School and Ballet Hispánico in New York City, and Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago. Maggie is not only a technically proficient dancer, but she has learned the value of energetic efficiency, storytelling, and 360 degree expression as an artist.
Maggie loves nothing more than being onstage. For eleven years, Maggie competed both nationally and internationally in over 100 competitions across Canada and the United States. Maggie’s dance troupe also travelled to London, England during the 2012 Olympic Games, and provided halftime entertainment for the crowds. While in the Steps Conservatory, Maggie was selected as a soloist or featured dancer in multiple pieces set on the students, and has proved herself to be a versatile performer. The Conservatory dancers had the privilege of performing at the Steps Studio Theater, New York Live Arts, the Ailey Citigroup Theater, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, and the Salvatore Capezio Theater. Maggie has been in works created by Earl Mosley, Gabrielle Lamb, Terk Lewis, Julie Magneville, and Omar Roman de Jesus, as well as Tony nominated choreographers Joshua Bergasse and Chet Walker. Maggie also had the honor of learning a solo from Donna McKechnie, Broadway’s first Cassie, and performing original Fosse choreography, restaged by Lloyd Culbreath and Dana Moore; members of the Verdon Fosse Legacy LLC.
Outside of her school performances, Maggie has been involved in multiple professional productions across New York City. To name a few, Maggie performed in an immersive show at Restoration Plaza, the Bryant Park contemporary dance series, and LAUNCH V presented by The Tank. In addition, Maggie has experience dancing on camera, in a music video choreographed by Nick Palmquist, and concept videos by Sekou McMiller, Rebecca Zizek, and Ai Toyoshima. Maggie recently had the privilege of participating in the Table of Silence at the Lincoln Center Plaza, and is looking forward to performing at both the DUMBO Dance Festival and Jazz Choreography Enterprise in October. Maggie is also thrilled to be presenting her own work in the upcoming Fall HATCH Series curated by Jennifer Muller/The Works.
Maggie is a proud member of multiple national and international dance organizations, including the Dance Centre, NoMAA, the International Dance Council CID, Americans for the Arts, and The Shed. Maggie is actively immersed in her dance community, and seeks out artistic ventures at every opportunity. Maggie’s activism has paid off, as she has been awarded scholarships at both the Joffrey Ballet School and Ballet Hispánico. During her formative years, Maggie was highly rewarded for her performance quality and technical ability, in solos, duets, trios, and ensemble work. On more than one occasion, Maggie was awarded the highest overall score out of hundreds of competitors. She’s received trophies, merchandise, and prize money for her performances, including a $1,500.00 cheque from Dance Masters of America.
Maggie Kelly is looking forward to continuing her exploration as a dancer, and finding artistic avenues wherever they present themselves. In addition to dancing, Maggie loves cooking, yoga, and playing the piano, and tries to find a balance between work and play in her day to day life. She strives for excellence, and is thrilled to spend her days in the pursuit of passion!