"Cannone will make you laugh, cry and think in such a positive way that you'll walk away ready to go forward with a fresh new approach to life. Catch her if you can!"
Rhee Gold
President Dance Masters Of America & Newengland

 


About Us

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.



Aspiring Dreamz
PO Box 6064 Warwick, Rhode Island 02887 • 401-573-0021