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 her mind, body, and connections with the mind and body, impacting her work in the classroom and on stage.
As a choreographer, Brandi is known to work in many styles through a jazz dance lens including modern, hip hop, ballet, and tap. Music and/or a sense of rhythm and weight in the lower body are often guiding forces in setting choreography in all styles in which she has been trained. She and her husband Jake currently reside on the University of California, Irvine campus where Brandi is pursuing her M.F.A. in Dance, as well as working as a Teaching Associate in the areas of jazz and social dance. Her graduate research will focus on the sexualization of competition dancers and its potential impact on college undergraduate dancers.
The whole purpose of education is to turn
mirrors into windows. ~ Sydney J. Harris
When I am developing artistic works or teaching, I place high value on the importance of creating an environment that promotes kindness, self-sufficiency, and a sense power we have as dancers to impact others. I value a learning environment that creates a sense of both grounding and bravery, and it is important to me that students feel both supported to make mistakes, as well as motivated to work intelligently and efficiently. While I enjoy sharing what I know and continue to learn about the art of dance, I expect my students to take ownership of their work ethic, personal practices, and mindset in a dance classroom to continue growing and developing into the artists and teachers of future generations.
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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