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Kelly Velasquez 

“Dance is music made visible.” – George Balanchine

Dancing since the age of four, Kelly has over 15 years of professional dance experience in film, television, industrials and musical theater. Her list of credits include, The Academy Awards, The American Music Awards, Disney’s nationally-televised movie premier for the “Hunchback of Notre Dame”, “Tap” starring the late Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr., and “North” starring Bruce Willis and Elijah Woods. The former Los Angeles Laker Girl has also done industrial work with leading  corporations such as NBC, Warner Bros., Reebok, and LA Gear. In addition, she worked with stars such as John Lithgow, Vanessa Williams, Reba McEntire, Dan Akroyd, Brian Adams, Little Richard, Brooke Shields, and Carmen Electra. With dance, Kelly has performed throughout the world, including Italy, Germany, China, Korea, Turkey, and Portugal.

After years of teaching and choreographing for Holland America Cruise lines, UCLA’s musical theater program, and various dance studios, Kelly started A.K.A. Dance Company in Sept. 2001, where she served both as the executive and artistic director of the company for nine years. Several of her company dancers have received prestigious scholarships from dance organizations such as American Ballet Theater, Jacob’s Pillow, and New York City Dance Alliance. Some have been accepted to elite dance programs at universities such as Chapman, UC Irvine, and UCLA.  Others currently work with some of today’s most recognized choreographers from Fox TV’s So You Think You Can Dance.

Kelly, a graduate of UCLA,  has also taught for Bay Area’s Teen Dance Company and American Musical Theater of San Jose’s Theater Arts Conservatory. In addition to working with Starting Arts, Kelly serves on the artistic staff at Nor Cal Dance Arts.

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