GRADUATE STUDENT PROFILES
Kellie Lynch, 2007
"I entered Smith with a certain confidence and stubborn perception about who I was as a dancer. In my two years of graduate school, my perception of self changed drastically as did my interests because something was ignited inside of me. I had been given permission to truly explore the process of making art and was pushed to find the courage to take risks. Before graduate school, I'm not sure I had ever been given the opportunity to investigate the creative process in a way that encouraged me to slow down, take time and let my vulnerability as an artist surface. I've never experienced rapid growth in such a short amount of time, and I left Smith as a confident and committed dance artist. I couldn't have asked for a better education. I was encouraged to investigate a voice that I wasn't sure I heard and felt stimulated by the wealth of knowledge around me everyday. The other graduate students opened my eyes to new experiences and the Five College faculty provided a learning environment with enough freedom and direction for me to experiment and to be continuously engaged in a variety of capacities. It was such a relief to be given the space to discover what I truly wanted for myself as a dance artist."
Kellie Ann Lynch holds a B.A. in dance performance from Rhode Island College and a M.F.A. in dance performance and choreography from Smith College. She is currently touring internationally with Doug Elkins and Friends' Fraulein Maria, a contemporary dance deconstruction of The Sound of Music. She also dances with Adele Myers and Dancers in New York City.
As a freelance artist, Kellie can currently be seen dancing for Rachel Bernsen in New Haven, and has danced for Jennifer Archibald/Arch Dance Company; Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion; Wire Monkey Dance; Cathy Nicoli, Coleman/Freedman Dance; Melody Ward and Robin Prichard among others. In 2008 Kellie and her dance partner, Ariel Cohen, were awarded an Artist Fellowship in choreography and a Northampton Project Grant for their work as slipperyfish dance. In 2009, Kellie was a Rhode Island College "Dance Honor Roll Recipient" for her post-undergraduate achievements in dance.
Kellie has made and set work on several New England colleges and schools including Springfield College, Bates College, Rhode Island College, Providence College, The Taft School and Waterbury Arts Magnet School. Post-graduate school she has taught at Smith College, Mount Holyoke College and Springfield College.
Kellie is a co-artistic director of Elm City Dance Collective in New Haven. Elm City Dance Collective, or ECDC, is an organization that values an experiential and collaborative approach to dance creation, education and performance. ECDC works to challenge ideas about movement and reinvent the performance experience. In 2010, ECDC was awarded a Strategic Initiative Grant along with New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Mystic Aquarium from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. The grant supports a year long project involving the making of a dance about aquatic life. ECDC has performed throughout New England and NYC. www.elmcitydance.org. Kellie is a recipient of a 2011 Artist Fellowship in Choreography from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.