Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Dawn Kelly received the majority of her training at The Boston Ballet School where she studied under famed teacher and coach Tatiana Legat and her daughter Elena Solovieva. She later studied abroad on full scholarship at Russia’s Perm State Choreographic Institute, The Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, and graduated, with honors, from The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C.
Kelly was a Cincinnati Ballet company member for 15 years where she performed roles ranging from classical to contemporary ballets including The Sleeping Beauty, Val Caniparoli’s The Nutcracker, Giselle, Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Jorma Elo’s Plan to B and Adam Hougland’s Rite of Spring. Her most treasured performances were the 30+ world premieres she was featured in during her tenure.
Since retiring as a Soloist in 2013, Ms. Kelly has found a new love and passion at the front of Cincinnati Ballet’s studios. In March of 2015 she restaged Adam Hougland’s Mozart’s Requiem on Cincinnati Ballet, a piece very near and dear to her as she was an original cast member in 2010. For the past four seasons, she’s been an upper division instructor in Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy as well as an adjunct professor at University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.
This season, Ms. Kelly joins the leadership team as Assistant Academy Principal, ushering in a new era at the Otto M. Budig Academy.