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Rising Stars: Meet Tamara Kelly

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tamara Kelly.

Hi Tamara, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I believe, “Everyone Can Dance! I have always loved movement. I do have experience in other art forms but dance has always been at the forefront of my career. And my LOVE affair with it continues to grow daily!

So much so, that I was able to produce my first independent production during the St. Lou Fringe Festival in 2017. It was based on my first book, The Unbreakable Ballerina: My Journey to Wholeness and a New Beginning. The story of my life is told through movement.

I have traveled as an independent contractor throughout the Midwest with Prairie Fire Children’s Theater Company based in Barrett, MN, worked with several local St. Louis theatre companies, and was a member of the National Shakespeare Company based in the Catskills of New York City.

After doing that for a while, I decided to return home & live a “normal” life. So, I obtained a Master’s in Teaching and to the classroom, I went. But, it was hard for me to stay there for more than 3 years at a time before resigning. I resigned and returned three times before completing walking away in January of 2019. Little did I know that I would finish that year from the comforts of my own home. And I have not looked back since.

I currently provide virtual training for adults who are looking to have FUN dancing using ballet technique & choreography. I give adults the opportunity to experience ballet at their own level and at their own pace. I still work with young dancers as well. But, my main focus is adults.

I have finally found a way for me to live out my mission to maintain my artistry and my love for the arts while inspiring others to live their truths through movement.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Smooth where? LOL! No, it has not been easy. To be honest the struggle has been within me.

Not feeling I can do it, feeling like I am too old to do it, or just not believing in me. And all of those feelings caused me to be inconsistent in the process of building my own business as a solopreneur. I wasted a lot of time trying to play it safe and make myself comfortable.

Once I learned to find comfort in being uncomfortable. Things got a whole lot easier.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a dance coach specializing in ballet for adults.

I am known for dancing, some people do refer to me as “The UNBREAKABLE Ballerina.” The thing that I am most proud of about myself is the fact that I was able to leave my 9-5, which provided me with a sense of stability and create something that really has brought me peace and happiness. I do sometimes think, “I should have done this years ago.” Then I remind myself that there is no time like the present.

The thing that sets me apart is the fact that I do not see dance as just my business, I see it as my ministry. When people work with me they are transformed from the inside out.

Are there any books, apps, podcasts, or blogs that help you do your best?
I read and interact with the Bible app. Along with all the regular social media apps that we all use. Ballerina Body by Misty Copland and Classical Ballet Technique is high on the list as well. I can’t forget Pointe & Dance Magazine.

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Urban Tableau and Josh Massey

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