kelly hedshotKelly Murray Farrell, Founder & Director

Kelly began her dance education at age three, training locally and later spending summers with Boston Ballet and Washington Ballet. As a student, she performed with West Chester Ballet Theatre, Brandywine Ballet Company, and the Wilmington Ballet Company. Kelly went on to perform professionally with Ballet Theatre of Maryland, where she was selected by Director Diana Cuatto to perform with the company in the ARTSCAPE festival in Baltimore. She has also performed with ContempraDance Theatre, with whom she toured throughout Poland as a guest performer at the Ladek Zdroj International Dance Festival, and later she performed in Washington D.C. under the direction of Miya Hisaka, Founder/Director of El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea de El Salvador. In 2008 Kelly returned to the Philadelphia area and founded Ballet 180. Kelly has led Ballet 180 in performances in the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), Philadelphia Dance Collective, Philly Fringe Festival, Fringe Wilmington, Philly’s Got Talent, and in various public performances at local schools, churches, art centers, and other community events. Kelly received an award for her choreography through the Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition, has served as a judge for the Main Line Talent Show, and was selected as a member of the Philadelphia dance community to learn the methodology of the award-winning National Dance Institute (NDI), which emphasizes dance as a means of building self-confidence and transcending cultural, physical, and cognitive barriers. Kelly is also an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level III of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Kelly is grateful to be able to share her knowledge and love for dance with the students at Studio 180, the official school of Ballet 180.