Kelli Nichelle Brown
Kelli Brown began her dance journey at the age of 3. She could never sit still, and would force her family and stuffed animals to attend her dance recitals in the living room. This encouraged her mother to enroll her in ballet and cheer at the neighborhood YMCA on the Southside of Chicago. She started creating her own choreography in the fourth grade for school assemblies, working with the music teachers and her cheerleading team; helping them win first place at Nationals, and receiving her first Best Choreography award. At the age of 9, she stated training with Russell Taller in the popular Cechetti Ballet Method. Her passion for classical ballet was ignited. At Age 13, she began assisting in dance classes and soon began teaching ages under 6 in exchange for unlimited lessons. She became intensely passionate about dance and set out to study more genres. She landed her first professional dance audition with Gallery 37 In the production of Oscar Brown Jr.’s stage play the Great Nitty Gritty where she progressed beyond dancing as a singer and actress.
Kelli has trained in many places all over the United States doing many intensives with Joffery, Joel Hall, and Hubbard Street. She Is trained in many genres including Hip Hop, All Star Cheerleading, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, African, Samba, and Carribbean Folk. This led to many opportunities in her professional career. She has danced with many companies such as Movements, West Indian Folk Dance Co., Joel Hall, Hubbard Street, and Muntu. She has instructed at Columbia College, Chicago Public Schools, Academy of Arts (Richardson,TX) and Red Door Dance Studio (Wylie,TX). She has choreographed for many studios, schools, all-star cheerleading teams, and theaters all over the United States. Kelli loves being a dance instructor and is excited to share her 27 years of experience with her students.
“Dance to me isn't just something to do. It has taught me how to live. It has saved my life. It's my passion. It's my art. It is my Everything"