Photos By: Stephanie Jones
Why has dance such an important part of your life? What do you love about teaching others? How has dance challenged you as an individual?
I have been dancing for as long as I can remember. Throughout the years of basics and repetition, I found my voice. I am very shy and timid with people around my own age; I always saw myself as invisible, but dance has shown me that that is not true. Dance pushed me to be around people my own age that I eventually found lifelong friendships in. It physically and mentally challenged me, always making me strive for the next step. I love being a dance teacher because I get to see young girls find who they are through an art. The younger girls have such big dreams and personalities and I am so lucky I get to be apart of that small little piece of them. I love sharing what has been my passion for over a decade, and helping the students find and express themselves.
Tell us more about yourself.
My name is Carlee Kelley. I am a senior at Bedford North Lawrence High school, and am excited to see what the future holds. I am very close to my family and friends, so this new adventure of adulthood will challenge me, making me leave the comforts of my small town and big sister role. Along with dance, in high school I was a part of the winter guard, color guard, and the wind ensemble. As for clubs, I am in Beta Club and National Honors Society. I absolutely love children and want to spend my life helping them.
To do this, this fall I will be Attending ISU’s honor college to pursue a career in neonatal nursing. Although dance is my passion, I am not going to be as involved in it as I am here now. My studies are important, and I need to focus on being adjusted to my new surroundings without too many commitments. I will miss it, but it has shaped me and so many ways that I could never forget what it has done for me.