Brandi Kelley is a dance teacher and choreographer raised and taught by strong women and a stay-at-home dad in Oklahoma. She approaches her work, her students, and her life with a growth mindset and with importance placed on the impact we can have on others as artists and human beings. With a B.F.A. in Dance Performance, an M.Ed in Secondary Education, and a 200RYT certification in yoga, Brandi has continued to pursue training and experiences that will develop connections with the mind and body in dance and beyond.
As a choreographer, Brandi’s jazz dance lineage greatly impacts her. Her relationship to the feeling of music and rhythm, even if to juxtapose, inspires ideas and relationships between bodies and space, and improvisation has recently become a part of her choreographic and personal practice in new ways. In both her commercial dance and concert dance choreography and classes, in any genre, she emphasizes how we might collectively work for, find joy within, and impact the human experience of all.
In June 2019, Brandi earned her M.F.A. in Dance at the University of California, Irvine where she also worked as a Teaching Associate in the areas of jazz and social dance. Her graduate research “Contesting Bodies” investigated former competitive dancers’ perceptions of their own bodies, and how those perceptions might impact them as dancers, choreographers, and educators.
I value the dance classroom as a space for dancers to examine the kind of artists, teachers, and humans that they hope to be for themselves and generations to come. I believe in connecting classroom practices and experiences in dance to the world outside, not only because dance is a reflection of the cultures that exist outside of the four walls of a studio, but because dance lessons are life lessons.
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A short dance film documenting the process of choreographing “given things, all sorts” of things"
(premiered December 7th, 2017 at UC Irvine’s New Slate dance concert)
Excerpts from 3 pieces: "Efforts of Love", "dignity; curbside", and "they"
These pieces were all created for and performed by RACE Dance Company (Oklahoma's first professional jazz, hip hop, and contemporary dance company)
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