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When Kelly was in fifth grade, her teacher asked her to write an essay about what she wanted to be when she grew up. This was probably one of the easiest homework assignments she ever had. She wanted to open her own dance studio. Dance was her favorite thing to do. Kelly thought her own dance teachers were amazing and wanted to be just like them. How exciting would it be if she got to be the boss, choose the recital songs and pick out everyone’s beautiful costumes? For the next seven years, Kelly continued to take classes, go to conventions and compete in numerous dance competitions. Fast forward to her professional career as a dancer. Some highlights of Kelly’s resume include; being a member of the Philadelphia 76ers Dance Team, Principle Dancer for Opus 1 Modern Dance Company in Philadelphia, a dancer for the Miss New Jersey and Miss America Pageants, and a dancer in numerous production shows in Atlantic City including the world renowned “Legends in Concert”. Some of you may have even seen her face as Coyote Kate, at Bally’s Wild West Casino. Kelly will tell you that those experiences were fun and exciting however; the most rewarding journey in her professional dance career has been that of a dance studio owner. In 2004, Kelly’s childhood dream came true and she opened the doors to her very own dance studio, The Rech Center for Performing Arts. She chose the name, The Rech Center, in honor of her parents who always encouraged her to work hard and follow her dreams.
The Rech Center is celebrating its 15th Anniversary and Kelly could not be prouder of the journey towards making her childhood dream come true. What she thought would be the best part of owning a studio, like choosing songs and music ended up being just a small part of a much greater experience. The most fulfilling is how The Rech Center has touched her students’ lives. At TRC, its not just about teaching the steps, but about the life lessons students learn from participating in dance classes. Dancers need to be dedicated, learn the value of making commitments, teamwork, understand the importance of working together, perseverance, not taking criticism personally, setting goals, time management, problem solving, and learning how to handle anything from challenging choreography in class to recovering gracefully from an onstage tumble. Over the past 14 years, it has been a pleasure to watch friendships blossom among her students. She is very proud that her “TRC” students have gone on to dance in college, dance professionally and have chosen careers in the entertainment field. The most rewarding part about this journey for Kelly is watching her former students teach and choreograph at her studio. “Its really a full circle moment, when you stand back and watch a former student, teaching a beautiful combination that she choreographed, to a room full of eager students with passion in their eyes and smiles on their faces”. Dance Classes are so much more than learning the steps, and The Rech Center is so much more than a place to dance.
The Rech Center offers recreational and competitive classes for all ages, including a Creative Movement Program for our Preschool dancers. If you are interested in learning more, please call 609-585-6515 or visit their website www.rechenterdance.com The 15th Anniversary Season begins on September 10th.