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.
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.
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.
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."
Lauren Key joins our studio with over 20 years experience in Classical Ballet. She began ballet training at a young age which she then continued through college and professionally. She was a performing company member with a Ballet Company based out of Jackson, MS for 4 years. After retiring due to injuries, she opened her own ballet studio which she operated for another 4 years. Her move to Savannah in 2007 opened the door to once again keep ballet training a part of her life. Lauren started the ballet program at The Habersham School in 2013 as part of the Fine Arts curriculum. Ages 4-11 with additional middle and high school students that chose ballet as an elective course. She then became the Director of Fine Arts and oversaw all FA curriculum, faculty and events. She’s excited now be back in the classroom at Kelly and Co! Her passion is education and incorporating Fine Arts into the lives of students. She lives in Ardsley Park with her husband and three girls.
Amanda Moogerfeld started her dance training at 3 years old in Middletown, Connecticut. She moved to Statesboro, GA, and continued her dance training at Statesboro School of Dance. At 11 years old, her training advanced when she began dancing under Shannon Kelly at Kelly & Company Studios. She focused on ballet, pointe, ballet partnering, lyrical, contemporary, and jazz. She won many dance competitions and placed in the world-renowned ballet competition, the Youth America Grand Prix. In addition, Amanda attended and received numerous scholarships to ballet summer intensives such as the Kirov Academy of Ballet, Boston Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Ballet, Joffrey School of Ballet in NYC, and the American Academy of Ballet. Amanda also trained with Stacey Slichter and Michael Garrison at North Atlanta Dance Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating high school from Savannah Arts Academy School for the Visual and Performing Arts in 2017, she received a Certificate in Pre-Health Professions and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, Performance, and Choreography at the University of Texas at Austin. Her ballet repertoire includes “Clara” in The Nutcracker, “Aurora” in Sleeping Beauty, “Wilis” in Gisele, “Jasmine” in Aladdin, and “Kitri” in Don Quixote. Currently, Amanda is attending Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, where she is studying to get her RN and later receive her Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist degree. Amanda loves being able to teach where it all began for her at Kelly & Company Studios!