Kellie Payne was born and raised in Fairfax, VA. Kellie started her training at a very early age in the disciplines of Ballet (both Vagonova & Cecchetti methods), Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, & Modern with her Grandmother “Mrs. C” and other talented teachers at Cuppett Performing Arts Center. This training was supplemented and enhanced by her work at The Duke Ellington for the Arts and several professional dance companies. She was founding member and ballet mistress of Tony Powell/Music & Movement, and Adrain Bolton Dance Company. With these very successful dance companies, Kellie graced many area stages including such venues as The Kennedy Center and New York’s City Center.
In addition to being a dancer, Kellie also has over 25 years’ experience in teaching and choreographing for many studios in the DC, MD, and VA areas. Kellie successfully owned and operated her own dance school, trained & directed two pre-professional groups “Fusion Dance” and “Impact Dance”, and is currently training dancers at a pre-professional level through a program called “Set the Barre”. Kellie also continues to train privately to those who wish to pursue a career in dance. She has built quite the reputation for herself and is known by the dance community for challenging her students and getting results. When Kellie is not teaching, she is a mother to her 5 beautiful children.
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