Philadelphia Area First Dance Instructors
Over eight years ago I taught my first couples how to dance, simply breaking down music in a way that was easy to understand and looked good to music. Since then I’ve been honing this style of teaching to be as simple and quick to pick up as possible, and hundreds of couples have danced at their weddings feeling comfortable and happy instead of nervous and awkward.
My love and passion is not only expression through movement, but also helping others to realize the joy of dance. I am a life-long dancer with experiences in swing, salsa, hip hop, jazz and group (i.e., leading the electric slide, cha cha slide, the hustle). I have been employed as an entertainment dancer for bar/bat mitzvahs in California, taught master classes and choreographed at Florida Atlantic University, and choreographed for high school dance teams and musicals.
My dance education includes an intensive study at the University of the Arts, a four-year dance concentration at West Chester University, and master classes at The Edge Dance Studio in Los Angeles, including sessions with Tabitha and Napolean of Rock the Reception on TLC, and Phi Nguyen of The Jabbawockeez, winner of America’s Best Dance Crew.
Alicia Jayne Kelly is a bubbly and friendly personality who makes every lesson a ton of fun. A Delaware Country native, Alicia has been dancing since the age of three. She began at the award winning Concord Dance Center where she studied tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, modern and musical theatre movement. She began competing nationally at age 9 and has won numerous overall, scholarship and special awards. When she was 13 she was invited to study with Success America in New York City with renowned dancer/choreographer Sheila Barker. The next year she was thrilled to be a part of Starpower’s Power Pak National Tour where she was a representative of the competition and even performed with MC Hammer in Las Vegas, NV. She completed her BA in Theatre Performance from West Chester University, where she served as Vice President of the Contemporary Dance Company and choreographed numerous pieces for the theatre and dance department. Alicia has not stopped working as a theatre professional and choreographer since graduating. She is proud member of Actors Equity Association. Her favorite credits include “Marty” on the National Broadway tour of Grease, “Velma” in the Broadway Revival Production of Chicago with Royal Caribbean and many regional credits throughout the country. Currently Alicia is residing in Ardmore, PA. She is choreographing for Philadelphia studios and companies and so happy to be teaching for Ruby First Dance! Keep up with Alicia at www.AliciaJayneKelly.com