Kelly was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She began dancing at the age of three, became a competition dancer at age eight, and won her first Regional Championship at Starquest at age 13. She is trained in all styles of dance and used the dance competition circuit to develop and showcase her versatility in jazz, contemporary, and lyrical styles.
At age 18, Kelly auditioned for the hit t.v. show SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and received the coveted "Ticket To Hollywood." More recently, she auditioned for the new Season 12 show and was highly featured on two episodes. The judges gave Kelly high praise for her Detroit audition, comparing her to Ginger Rogers. She received the "Ticket to Las Vegas" where her contemporary solo was aired during the final callback episode.
She is quickly establishing herself as a top-flight, award-winning choreographer for studios across the Midwest. Just this spring, her evocative routine "Schindler's List" (contemporary small group) won the highest score at Starquest, as well as the Judges' Choice Award for "Subtle Sincere Creative Storytelling" at Nexstar. Her choreography for "In This Shirt" (duo), "North" and "Suspicion" (contemporary solos) have also received 1st overall honours.
Team Godatu is proud to have her as an Ambassador.