Kellie Payne

Born and raised in Fairfax County, Kellie started her training at a very early age in the disciplines of Ballet (both Vagonova & Cecchetti methods), Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, & Modern with her Grandmother, Alzine Cuppett. This training was supplemented and enhanced by her work at The Duke Ellington School for the Arts and several professional dance companies. She was the founding member and ballet mistress of Tony Powell/Music & Movement, and Adrain Bolton Dance Company. With these, Kellie graced several area stages including The Kennedy Center, Dance Place, Publick Playhouse, and New York’s City Center. In addition to being a dancer, Kellie also has a combined 30 years of experience in teaching, choreographing, directing and studio management. She has trained many dancers in the DMV area and has owned and operated her own dance school and two pre-professional dance companies. She has built quite the reputation for herself, and is known by the dance community for getting results by challenging, motivating and mentoring her students. Kellie is also an accomplished deep tissue massage therapist, proud mother of 5 and most presently one of the co-directors and owners of Legacy Dance Institute.  

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