Tap Teacher (all levels)
Maureen Kelley spent the past decade based in New York City while performing professionally across the country. Originally from Michigan, where she did her first plié and shuffle at the age of four, Maureen is a proud alumna of the University of Michigan, where she received extensive training in modern dance performance and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with Highest Honors.
She performed frequently in and around New York as a member of The Honey Taps, a professional song and dance group paying homage to the effervescent chorus girls of eras gone by. Maureen has performed Randy Skinner’s original Broadway choreography in regional productions of Irving Berlin's White Christmas (Ogunquit Playhouse) and 42nd Street (The Art Center of Coastal Carolina), both set by his original assistant Kelli Barclay. Maureen also performed 42nd Street at Resorts Atlantic City where she understudied the lead role of Peggy Sawyer. Other favorite credits include Rock of Ages (The Gateway Playhouse), The Producers (Arizona Broadway Theatre), Wonderful Town (The Gallery Players), Jerry's Girls (The Gallery Players), A Chorus Line (The Heights Players), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (The Fireside Theatre) and Mack and Mabel (Broward Stage Door). This year, Maureen performed for an audience of 3,000 at the inaugural BroadwayCon.
Maureen’s tap dance style is influenced by her professional performance career and distinguished teachers including Randy Skinner, Ray Hesselink and Andrew Black. She also draws upon her experience and training studying tap, jazz and ballet since youth, when she progressed through nearly every role in the annual local production of The Nutcracker, including Clara and Sugar Plum Fairy. While attending the University of Michigan, Maureen was awarded the Suzanne H. Butch merit scholarship, performed the Martha Graham classic Primitive Mysteries, performed several dances by contemporary choreographer Leyya Tawil (Dance Elixer, San Francisco) and presented her own choreographic works. Maureen’s classical training also includes summer study with The Graham School in NYC, The American Dance Festival in Durham and American Ballet Theater in Detroit. Maureen is thrilled to be teaching tap and continuing the tradition of the art form at Feijóo Ballet School.