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-Fisher, Mike Esperanza, and Al Blackstone, among many others. Maggie was also selected to be JoLea Maffei's teaching assistant while in the program, and continues to assist her online.
Maggie relocated to Montreal, Quebec in early 2020 and continued dancing, training, and auditioning within the Quebecois community. She frequented the Edifice Wilder Espace Danse, where she trained in ballet under Alisia Pobega and Lisa Davies, and Circuit-Est, where she trained in various contemporary forms under Natalia Pieczuro, Helder Seabra and Lewis Cooke. In March, Maggie moved home to be with her family during the COVID-19 outbreak, but has continued her training through daily online classes and workshops.
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 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. She performed 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 honour 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.
Maggie has been involved in multiple professional productions across New York City. She performed in an immersive show at Restoration Plaza, the Bryant Park contemporary dance series, LAUNCH V presented by The Tank, the Table of Silence at Lincoln Center, the DUMBO Dance Festival at Gelsey Kirkland, and the Jazz Choreography Enterprise at the Salvatore Capezio Theatre. Maggie was thrilled to present her own work in the Fall HATCH Series curated by Jennifer Muller/The Works, and hopes to continue finding her voice as a choreographer as well as a performer. In addition, Maggie has experience dancing on camera, in concept videos by Nick Palmquist, Sekou McMiller, Rebecca Zizek, Ai Toyoshima, and Jenn Rose. Maggie was also recently selected to create a solo for Ensemble Ouvert, in a virtual collaborative art project.
Maggie is a proud member of multiple national and international dance organizations, including NoMAA, the International Dance Council CID, Americans for the Arts, The Shed, and Regroupement Québécois de la Danse. 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. Maggie has received trophies, merchandise, and prize money for her dance 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. She is not only a technically proficient dancer, but she has learned the value of energetic efficiency, storytelling, and 360 degree expression as an artist. Even during the global pandemic caused by COVID-19, Maggie is seeking inspiration and growth within her craft. In addition to dancing, Maggie loves cooking, yoga, and traveling the world. Maggie tries to find a balance between work and play in her day to day life. She strives for excellence, and is happy to spend her days in the pursuit of passion!