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Kelli Miles is a Minneapolis-based dancer, choreographer, teacher and arts administrator. Her training began at Central Wisconsin School of Ballet where she performed principal roles in Alice in Wonderland, Carnival of the Animals (with choreography by George Balanchine), Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. In high school, Kelli attended Interlochen Arts Academy under the direction of Cameron Basden, graduating with academic and artistic honors. While
at Interlochen, Kelli had the privilege of working
with guest choreographers Gina Patterson and Matthew Prescott. She has spent summers training with Milwaukee Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, TU Dance, Alonzo King LINES Contemporary Ballet, New Dialect and DanceWorks Chicago.
Kelli graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Leadership in the spring of 2018 after having spent a final semester dancing in the contemporary hub of Israel. During her collegiate career she trained in ballet, modern, jazz, African, improvisation, composition, somatics and Gaga. She has created numerous works of her own, as well as performed works by nationally renowned artists: Joanie Smith, Carl Flink, Martha Graham, luciana achugar, Angharad Davies, Banning Bouldin, Uri Sands and Ohad Naharin. Additionally, Kelli co-produced Work Sighted: Emerging Dance, Heightened Research, a showcase for emerging choreographers and interned with arts organization, Springboard for the Arts, on their leadership team. She has danced professionally with Karen L Charles' Threads Dance Project, Borealis Dance Company and Rhythmically Speaking: The Cohort. Kelli is also currently the Managing Director of Mathew Janczewski's ARENA DANCES, a contemporary company with a 23-year history
Performing with Borealis Dance Company
- A evening of work dedicated to socially relevant themes, such as mental health, clean water accessibility and immigration -
The Playwrights' Center, Minneapolis