About Kelly Morden
Kelly Morden is an independent dance teacher and dancer. She has 17 years of experience working with children. Her certifications include First Aid and CPR, Standard Police Check, High Five, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and she is insured under HUB International. She is a member of Dance Ontario.
Dance with Kelly is a proud partner of the children’s charity Ready, Set, Play, providing numerous opportunities for children to participate in dance classes each season.
This company offers dance classes that are accessible, affordable and inclusive for all families and audiences with a unique and patient approach to working with children of all backgrounds and abilities.
As a teacher who works with children...
Kelly is thrilled to be sharing her love and knowledge of dance. Her dance lessons are motivating and challenging while assisting self-expression. She provides a safe and positive learning environment which encourages participants to build healthy relationships with their classmates and their bodies.
She welcomes kids of all levels and physical abilities, believing that every child should be given the equal right to learn and participate in artistic programming.
Kelly graduated from:
- George Brown College in Dance Performance Preparation (2005) and Dance Performance Studies (2008).
- York University with a BFA Hons. in Dance (2011).
Her additional certifications include:
- Completion of CDTA Jazz exams grades 1-4
- RAD Ballet exams grades 1-Intermediate
First Work with Children
In high school, Kelly began working with children at her local community centre and assisting ballet classes at her local dance school, building the foundation of her career today.
Teaching and Performance
Kelly has performed with many choreographers including Kathleen Rea, Ray Hog, Monica Dottor, Svea Eklof. She has performed at the Sean O’ Sullivan Theatre, David S. Howes Theatre, The Betty Oliphant Theatre, Toronto Center for the Arts, Young Center for the Performing Arts, George Ignatieff Theatre as well as many public site special places around the city.
In December 2016, she started an All Girls Dance Club for girls of all ages to support and mentor one another through dance. In 2017 she started working at The Sara Elizabeth Centre teaching dance to adults across the GTA with special needs.
She is also excited to be working with Canadian musician Bob Wiseman on creating music videos that feature children’s dance.
Kelly co-choreographed and performed Pluto’s Revenge (2012) with Ten Toes Dance Theatre in the Bloor Street Festival and Toronto Fringe Festival. In 2013, she performed in a site specific dance installation in Labspace Studio’s Nomad Noise Project (2013) with the Go To Company.
Performing for Children
Since then, Kelly has teamed up with Emma Letki as co-director of Ten Toes Dance Theatre to create work for a child audience. In 2015, Kelly wrote, directed, and performed in Thumped! which premiered in the FringeKids section of the 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival as well as the 2015 Hamilton Family Fringe Festival. In 2016 she re-mounted Thumped!, incorporating a children’s dance workshop which took place at Artscape Youngplace.
Performances for a General Audience
Under the direction of Megan Andrews, Kelly danced in several installations performed at York University’s Vari Hall. She later became involved in a monthly site-specific performance group across Toronto, Intersection Projects (2011). She danced in For the Green (2011) in Nuit Blanche, choreographed by Anna Stanuz.
She also performed in Darcy Callison’s production of Down the Road (2011), and Works Cited (2011) created by Amelia Ehrhardt.
Creativity and Creations
Kelly contributed as writer and editor for Mergezine, a zine for emerging dance artists, until it’s hiatus in 2012.
She later co-founded The Research Exchange, a collective that provides space and support for people involved in the performing arts to research and develop their creative voice free from judgement or expectations.