Kelly grew up in Cupertino, CA, where she trained in jazz, ballet, and contemporary while also competing in figure skating. In high school she led her dance team to win USA Dance Nationals in the kick and character divisions. She left the Golden State to come to Tufts (shoutout Jumbos!), where she received a degree in Quantitative Economics and a minor in Dance. At Tufts she danced and choreographed in Sarabande, a contemporary/ballet group, as well as Spirit of Color, a hip hop group. This is Kelly's third season dancing and second season choreographing for DanceWorks.