Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Shannon grew up dancing under the direction of William Reilly, an original Jerome Robins dancer, and his wife, Shirley, and sister, Sheila. Shannon dedicates her love of teaching and choreography to Mr. Reilly where she learned discipline, technique, dedication, and love for the art of ballet. Upon moving to Savannah, she studied and danced with the Savannah Ballet Company, then directed by Karena Brock-Carlyle, as well as Madeline Walker and Terrell Paulk of Ballet South. Following her initial time in the Savannah area, Shannon moved to Atlanta where she danced professionally with The Atlanta Ballet Company. During her time with Atlanta Ballet, she received her certification in early childhood education with the Montessori Institute of Atlanta. Shannon also studied, taught, and received her certification as a Ballroom dance instructor with Fred Estaire Dance Studios of Atlanta. She has instructed for Kelly & Co. Studios, Savannah Danse Theater, Performing Arts Academy of Savannah, Star Struck Performing Arts Center and Rising Stars Dance Theater of Beaufort. Her repertoire includes directing, choreographing and performing classics such as "The Nutcracker," "Sleeping Beauty," "Swan Lake," "Don Quixote," "Serenade," "Carmina Burana," "Etudes," "Paquita," "Giselle," "Symphony in C," "Midsummer Nights Dream," "West Side Story," and "Four Seasons." Shannon returned to Savannah to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design. Upon her return, she accepted a position at The Savannah Montessori School of Performing Arts as Director of Dance and Primary Classroom Director, and later, Administrator. Shannon has also held the office of President of the Savannah Symphony Women's Guild. Ms. Kelly continues to be regionally and nationally recognized for her choreography and teaching abilities.
Christian "Showtyme" Cooper is a self-taught hip hop dancer from Norfolk, Virginia who has been raised in savannah, GA for most of his teenage years. After graduating high school and joining the Dyzerzion Dance Team at Georgia Southern University in 2011, he made the decision to turn his passion for dance into a career. In 2014, he became a performing arts major at Savannah State University, where he is currently a choreographer for the Officials Basketball Dance Team. In addition to being a choreographer, he is entering his third year as a hip hop instructor at the Salvation Army. He always seeks to ignite a love for dance in his students, regardless of age, background, or experience level. As a frequent performer in the low country, he is beginning to gain more and more recognition as one of the most exceptional hip hop dancers in the area.
Christian is an extremely passionate teacher who encourages his students to release their inhibitions and perform from the heart. Whether Christian is dancing, choreographing, or instructing, his goal is always to inspire those around him to "show up and show out."
A native of Savannah, Georgia, David began dancing at the age of three and studied ballet under Shannon Kelly, owner and director of Kelly & Co. Studios. After graduating from high school in 2011, David joined the Columbia Classical Ballet under the direction of Radenko Pavlovich. His ballet repertoire includes lead and corps roles in Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, La Esmeralda, Giselle, La Bayadère, and Le Corsaire. David has also performed with Ballet Spartanburg, Charleston Ballet in West Virginia, Hilton Head Dance Theatre and many schools as a featured guest artist. At the young age of 20, David concluded his third season with CCB and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with degrees in Marketing and Management and a minor in French. In 2015, David relocated to New York City to continue furthering his training and career as a professional dancer. Since moving, he has performed with the New York Theatre Ballet (as the Dancing Master in Donald Mahler’s Cinderella) and, in 2016, joined the American Repertory Ballet in NJ. With ARB, he performed lead roles in Douglas Martin’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rite of Spring, Nutcracker, Pride and Prejudice and danced in Kirk Peterson’s Glazunov Variations (based on Raymonda) and Mary Barton’s Shades of Time. Most recently, David appeared on TV dancing on Fox’s hit show, So You Think You Can Dance, where he survived as the only remaining ballet dancer and made it to the Top 40 (Top 20 male) in The Academy.
A Savannah, Ga native, Sasha Greenberg began her dance training at the age of 2 with Rosalie and Alan Cotler. She went on to study with the Savannah Danse Theater and the Performing Arts Academy of Savannah before joining Kelly and Co. Studios' Pre-Professional Company in its inaugural season. Under the direction of Shannon Kelly, Sasha studied ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Lyrical and supplemented her dance training with Theater and Voice. Her ballet repertoire includes leading roles in Stars and Stripes, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, and Spartacus. Her technical background was frequently recognized and awarded by regional and national dance competitions. After graduating from KCS, Sasha began her teaching career and has been a choreographer for the KCS Pre-Professional Company for the last ten years. She earned her first choreography award in just her second season with the Company and her jazz, contemporary, and lyrical choreography has continued to be recognized with high placement and choreography awards. While teaching, Sasha earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics, a minor in Philosophy, and a Certificate in Personal and Organizational Leadership from the University of Georgia followed by a J.D. from Duke University School of Law. When she is not teaching, Sasha practices law in Atlanta, Georgia and coaches her students on how to utilize the lessons they have learned in their dance training to accomplish their academic and professional goals.
Originally from Savannah, Georgia, Patti began her dance training with Doris Martin’s School of Dance. Later, she studied classical ballet with Shannon Kelly, Dagoberto Nieves and Tara Minkovitz Sadler. In 2002, Patti and her family opened The Performing Arts Academy of Savannah and began teaching in all areas of dance. In 2003, she became a member of the Rising Stars Dance Company and opened a second studio, The Star Struck Performing Arts center located in Beaufort, South Carolina. She has also studied and performed with The Savannah Danse Theatre and has competed regionally and nationally at Access Broadway, NYCDA, LA Dance Magic and DTI. Her Ballet repertoire includes “The Nutcracker” as The Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen and Dew Drop Fairy, Coppelia, Don Quixote and Swan Lake. Patti is currently teaching at Kelly & Co. Studios in Savannah, Ga.
Mariah Congedo is a 2018 graduate from West Virginia University where she received a degree in broadcast journalism with a minor in communication studies. Mariah is from Pittsburgh, PA. Out of college, she worked as a news reporter for a station in Bridgeport, WV. Recently, she moved to Savannah and is currently working as a news reporter for WTOC. She is so excited to finally be in a place with warm and sunny weather! While in college, Mariah was a member of the WVU Dance Team all four years. Every year, the team goes to a national collegiate competition in Daytona, Florida. Mariah had the opportunity, each year, to be on the nationals team and perform among her best friends. During Mariah’s senior year she was named a captain, which made her a strong leader on the team. Mariah’s dedication and passion for dance is why she chose to teach at two dance studios in WV alongside her full-time job. When she moved to Savannah she knew she wanted to find a studio to teach at with a great dance family! Dancing since the age of 3 and all throughout college makes Mariah fully prepared to be an instructor at KCS. She will be teaching jazz and contemporary classes. She is also available for private lessons upon request. Mariah is thrilled to get to work with everyone and teach them new technique and skills!