Marianne is a graduate of the prestigious National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada where she studied under world-renowned teachers. She also spent summers traveling to Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, and London to study dance. She danced professionally with the Richmond Ballet as a trainee, apprentice, and reaching the rank of principal dancer. She performed leading roles in Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, and was the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Marianne left the stage to start a family, and pursue her deep passion for dance education. Early in her teaching career, she taught at the University of Mary Washington, mentoring the Performing Arts Club and creating new works for the University Dancers. Over more than 20 years of teaching, Marianne has created award-winning choreography for dance competitions and has brought hundreds of dancers to the stage for performances.
“What I have seen my students accomplish amazes me. I am proud to be a dance teacher!” – Marianne Kelley