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© 2017 by Kelly Hamlin

KELLY HAMLIN 
DANCER ~ CHOREOGRAPHER ~ FILMMAKER


 

Kelly, a native of Richmond VA began dancing at a young age at Jessica Morgan School of Dance  At fourteen years old, she was awarded a scholarship to attend The Joffrey Ballet by The Professional Dance Teachers Association. Over the course of her training Kelly has studied at The Joffrey Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Hispanico, The Ailey School and Broadway Dance Center.

In 2002 she moved to New York City to launch her dance career. Throughout her 13 years in New York, Kelly has performed works by Alvin Ailey at City Center & The Apollo Theater. She has also performed with The Nai Ni Chen Dance Company, Errol Grimes Dance Group, Genesis Dance, Jennifer Archibald/Arch Dance Co., Earl Mosely, Milton Myers, M'bewe Escobar, Stephen Contreras/SDance, The Riverbank Dance Collective and JP Dance Group. In addition, Kelly has also toured nationally & internationally, performing abroad in Lithuania, Russia, Poland, and Germany in affiliation with the International Dance Festival and the Malta Dance Festival. 

In 2015 Ms. Hamlin was awarded the Space Microgrant of Dogtown Dance Theatre (Richmond, VA). With the help of this grant she produced a number of original works operating under the name KrasH!Dance.  Since then the company has performed in numerous dance festivals and concerts spanning the Northeast. In 2018 & 2019 KrasH!Dance hosted The Small Plates Choreography Festival in Richmond, an east coast festival series run by Beth Elliott of Haven Movement Dance Company in Newburgh, NY. And in 2018 she was featured in the "Dancers of RVA" Project by Katrina Boone of Giana Grace Photography. While in residence at Dogtown Dance Theatre,  Kelly also served  as Community Liason, Volunteer Manager, and Assistant Stage Manager under the direction of Executive Artistic Director, Jess Burgess.

In addition to her stage career, Ms Hamlin is also a passionate filmmaker, holding a Certificate in Film from John Tyler Community College. Under the guidance of her mentor, Professor Cris Silvent, Ms Hamlin has went on to make a number of dance-based Short Films. In  2019 her dance short "Black Kings Dance Too" was selected for screening in the 6th Annual Richmond Dance Festival, the 2019 Silicon Valley African Film Festival and the 2019 Afrikana Independent Film Festival.

 

Past Performances include; 

*Novemberfest Informal Showcase

Richmond, VA - Nov 2015

*3rd Annual Richmond Dance Festival

Richmond, VA April 2016

*Small Plates Choreography Festival

Lorton, VA - Nov 2017

*Virginia Dance Festival Benefit Concert

Midlothian, VA - Mar 2017

*Outer Faces, Inner Voices/ An Evening of Works 

Richmond, VA- Mar 2017

*Small Plates Choreography Festival

Richmond, VA - June 2018 

*Dance Matrix & Co Performing Arts Festival 

Fredericksburg, VA - July 2018 

*Dogtown's Informal Showcase Series

Richmond, VA - July 2018*

*Small Plates Choreography Festival

Brooklyn, NY - Oct 2018

*Transformations Dance Festival

Fairfax, VA - Nov 2018

*Hope House  Chairity Benefit Concert

Fredericksburg, VA - Feb 2019

*Behind The Mask/ An Evening of Dance, Theatre and Film

Richmond, VA - March 2019

*6th Annual Richmond Dance Festival

Richmond, VA - April 2019

*Small Plates Choreography Festival

Richmond, VA - June 2019

*Dance Matrix & Company Annual Arts Festival

Fredericksburg, VA - July 2019