Maureen Kelly began her training at Santa Barbara Ballet Center in California, where she studied under Denise Rinaldi and Michelle Hulse. As a student, she earned marks of Highly Commended and Honours on both her Cecchetti and RAD exams and attended summer programs at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Boston Ballet. Maureen also performed as a member of The Santa Barbara Festival Ballet.
Kelly relocated to Boston in 2004 to continue studying at Boston Ballet School, and had the opportunity to perform with the school ensemble and in Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker. In addition to dancing, Kelly also worked in the Citydance program and shifted her focus to pedagogy with the support of the leadership and faculty in the school. She also attended teachers’ workshops at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.
Since joining the faculty at Boston Ballet School in 2007, Kelly has taught in the school’s Classical Ballet, Children’s, and Citydance Programs, and served as a Children’s Ballet Mistress for Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker. She continues to work closely with the Principal of Boston Ballet School to oversee and continue to develop the Elementary levels of training at the Newton Studio.