Aspiring Dreamz founder, Kelly Cannone has been an arts educator
for more than 25 years.
Throughout the last two decades Kelly has served on The Arts Advocate
of RI, Dance Teachers Club of Connecticut and Dance Masters of
America, and was a Board Member of the Warwick Consortium of the
Arts & Humanities. In 1981 she founded Dance Artistry, Inc.
in Warwick, RI and became owner of the studio Dancer Magazine
called "One of the four most successful studios in America."
My Mom is one of the people that
I admire most. Why? My mom has the brightest outlook on life and
her attitude is always positive. She taught me that your attitude
is what will bring you success in life. She always sees the good
in everyone and her attitude is like a ray of sunshine that shines
on you when you are near her. What she gave me is priceless.
My Mom is one of the people that I admire most. Why? My mom has
the brightest outlook on life and her attitude is always positive.
She taught me that your attitude is what will bring you success
in life. She always sees the good in everyone and her attitude
is like a ray of sunshine that shines on you when you are near
her. What she gave me is priceless.
In 1981 she founded Dance Artistry, Inc. in Warwick, RI and became
owner of the studio Dancer Magazine called "One of the four
most successful studios in America." She started her own
dance company, the Dance Artistry Dancers, a nonprofit organization,
for ages seven to twenty, who perform all across the United States.
They have also performed internationally in a cultural exchange
program visiting Copenhagen, Denmark, Minsk and Moscow, Russia.
In order to expand her teaching opportunities to the martial
arts, she earned her black belt in American Kenpo Karate. She
used her martial arts experience to organize self-defense workshops
for high school students. Outside the realm of teaching, Kelly
has numerous career highlights including choreographing numerous
corporate events, commercials and music videos including the Miss
RI Pageant, Koch Eye Associates Promotional Video, Market America's
Regional Convention and many more. Kelly has been on staff with
Dance Olympus and Candance Conventions. She was a special awards
judge and guest faculty member at various performing arts competitions.
She presents special awards recognizing unique talents in young
performers and motivating them to continue achieving their goals.
She was the jazz adjudicator for prestigious World Tap and Jazz
Dance Championships to select a team to represent the US.
Additionally, Kelly established early education arts curriculums
in more than fifteen preschools in Rhode Island. She gained special
needs experience when she coordinated "Dancing Feat"
in conjunction with the Warwick Chamber of Commerce at the Trudea
Center, to teach disabled individuals physical mobility and endurance.
She has volunteered her time and expertise to many events in the
RI Public School systems such as "Peace Day", "National
Dance Weeks" and "Women in Sports Day".
To give back to her community she founded "Shades of Grey",
an educational program, where her students performed a dance piece
for the Warwick School Department warning students about the danger
of drug and alcohol abuse. Other charitable contributions include
providing choreography and fundraising for Dancers Responding
to AIDS and participating in the Avon Breast Cancer Walk. Kelly
and her students raised funds for St. Jude's Children's Hospital,
RI Station Fire Fund, March of Dimes, Unicef and others. As a
board member for "The Weber Foundation of Helping Hands"
Kelly presented a charity dance show "Better Than Broadway"
each year where New England studios share their talent to raise
money for families and children in dire need. Kelly's latest venture
is writing motivational articles for children. Her work has been
published in Dancer Magazine, The Gold Rush and Cheerleading Dance
and Drill Magazine. Kelly has been traveling around the country
teaching dancers and dance teachers how to set goals in her Aspiring
Dreamz Workshop. Kelly has also written a children's book titled,
"The Broken Doll".
Living in Rhode Island, Kelly spends her free time staying in
shape, raising money for her Foundation, reading and sharing quality
time with her son Jared. She has a Black Belt in Karate and Enjoys
laughing and spending time with her friends. The keys to her success
include honesty, being results driven, having a passion to help
others and enjoying life's challenges.