Kellie Payne

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Kellie Payne


Kellie first entered the dance studio at the age of three. During many years of training, she studied ballet (Vaganova and Cecchetti methods), pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, and modern with her grandmother, a former Rockette. This training was supplemented and enhanced by her work at The Duke Ellington School for the Arts and several professional dance companies. She was a founding member and ballet mistress of Tony Powell/Music & Movement and the Adrain Bolton Dance Company. With these very successful dance companies Kellie graced many area stages including such venues as The Kennedy Center, Dance Place, Publick Playhouse, and New York's City Center.

When Kellie is not on the stage, you can usually find her in the dance studio creating new choreography for various companies and organizations. In addition to her performance and choreographic work, Kellie also owned and operated Studio One in Springfield, VA. Kellie received her training credentials from Dance Masters of America at Kent State and has taught in the Washington Metropolitan area for more than 15 years. Kellie is also a member of the Cecchetti Council of America where she is working on attaining her certification to teach grade five.