Briana Blair Kelly is a multidisciplinary artist and dance educator in Rochester, NY. Briana graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY Fredonia in 2012 with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a Dance minor. She earned her MFA in Choreography and Performance from The College at Brockport in 2017.

Her recent choreographic credits include: Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (2019-Monroe Community College), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2019-School of the Arts), Rocky Horror Picture Show (2019-Harvester 56 Theater), ROCeltic (2019-Rochester Fringe Festival), Newsies (2019-Harvester 56 Theater), Mamma Mia (2019-Harvester 56 Theater), School House Rocks Live! (2019-Monroe Community College), Anything Goes (2019-Palmyra-Macedon High School), On Broadway 10: Saving the Best For Last (2019-Harvester 56 Theater), Annie (2018-Harvester 56 Theater), Godspell (2018-Monroe Community College), Playing with Potential: Expanding the Irish Dance Tradition (2018-Rochester Fringe Festival), Cabaret (2018-Harvester 56 Theater), Reverence for Éire: Expanding the Tradition (2018-Bill Evan’s 6th Annual Somatic Dance Conference, 2017-MAD Weekend at Nazareth College, 2017-Dance/HARTWELL), Irish Spring (2017).

Recent performance credits include: ROCeltic (2019-Rochester Fringe Festival), "Rhythmic Conversation" (2019-Salt City Dance Festival and Bill Evan's 7th Annual Somatic Dance Conference), Mamma Mia (2019-Harvester 56 Theater), On Broadway 10: Saving the Best For Last (2-10-Harvester 56 Theater), Playing with Potential: Expanding the Irish Dance Tradition (2018-Rochester Fringe Festival), On Broadway 9:100 Years of Broadway (2018-Harvester 56 Theater), Reverence for Éire: Expanding the Tradition (2018-Bill Evan’s 6th Annual Somatic Dance Conference, 2017-MAD Weekend at Nazareth College, 2017-Dance/HARTWELL), Irish Spring (2017), and Jack Rabbit (2017-Rochester Fringe Festival).

Briana is the Director of the Harvester 56 Theater Dance Academy where she teaches Tap, Theater dance, Irish dance, and Contemporary. She is a substitute teacher for the Rochester City School District and The Aquinas Institute, and a Dance Adjudicator for the Rochester Broadway Theatre League’s Stars of Tomorrow. She is also the choreographer for Monroe Community College, Harvester 56 Theater, and Palmyra-Macedon High School.

Briana’s personal interest and extensive experience with Irish dance sparked a curiosity as to what else the dance form had to offer creatively. She is presently exploring how a traditional Irish dancer can work, create and thrive within a contemporary context. Briana is investigating her traditional dance roots and working to expand the Irish “tradition” through fusion and collaboration. She is working towards unearthing the unique choreographic potential of Irish dance in hopes of keeping the dance form relevant through changing times. Briana hopes to encourage further conversations on the definition of cultural dance and its role within performance dance and academia.

© 2016 by Briana Blair Kelly

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