A native Texan, Kelly Peterson grew up in the Lake Highlands area of Dallas. She began dancing at the age of 2 at the Riddle Day Nursery School. In 1974, The Wilshire Academy of Dance was where, at an early age, Kelly knew she had a talent for dancing, and so the passion began. In 1976, The Wilshire Academy of Dance became the now prestigious, Dallas Ballet Center. Under the direction of Mary Wilcox and Denise Brown, Kelly became a strong technical dancer in ballet, tap and jazz.
While continuing her training with the Dallas Ballet, Kelly added additional training in all areas of dance with Kitty Carter of Kitty Carter's Dance Factory. Kitty was a huge influence on Kelly's personal and professional life, and can be seen everywhere these days, including the CMT serios, "Making The Team," with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
Under Kitty's direction, Kelly Peterson successfully competed and won every major city, state and national competition for solos, duos/trios, lines and groups. This exposure gave Kelly many opportunities to teach and choreograph on the professional level.
Kelly received a Performing Arts Scholarship to study dance at Southern Methodist University. Upon completion of her freshman year, Kelly moved north to Denton, Texas to The University of North Texas to pursue another passion, Gerontology. Her idea was to bring dance into nursing care facilities by being an Activities Director.
During her undergraduate studies, Kelly continued to teach five days a week for local dance schools, and choreograph for local variety shows, high schools, conventions, and industrials. Kelly had the honor of choreographing for Governor George Bush's Inaugural Festivities; for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders; and for "Monday Night Football" Dallas Cowboys Games. She also performed with Tanya Tucker in the opening ceremonies of the 1994 World Cup.
Kelly received her Bachelor of Science in Gerontology from The University of North Texas. In 2001, she received her Master of Education, focusing on special education and developmental studies. After graduation, she worked in the Dallas ISD and Richardson ISD, and continued teaching dance several days a week. Kelly even introduced dance as an alternative to physical education classes in Dallas area schools. In 2011, she paired with Janet Comer, the elementary music teacher at The Woods Private School, and choreographed the elementary musical, "Dinostars." This was followed by many successful years of teaching and choreographing, which has led to the opening of Kelly Peterson's Dance Company.
Kelly is mom to two incredible boys, Major (15) and Gage (13). She is thrilled to continue to share her passion with her community of Spring, Texas. Her goal is for KPDC to become a second home for its students, and to be known as "the place" for families with young children seeking dance classes.
Kelly Peterson’s Dance Company differs from competitors in that we are more conservative in our teaching practices, which take place on a non-competitive level. Our focus is on the traditional and classical forms of dance; establishing a sound foundation on which to build upon. We are not in the business of creating the next Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Houston Rockets Dancers, or even Britney Spears.
It is our philosophy that given the right environment and direction, a child can learn far more than how to dance in a dance class. Responsibility, self-discipline, goal setting, and teamwork are all skills that are intertwined and ultimately achieved through participation in dance.
KPDC enriches the lives of young children by providing quality instruction and guidance in the art of dance. On a personal level, I believe that my work ethic, my ability to set and achieve goals, and my strong passion for the performing arts industry sets the foundation for KPDC's success. My passion for dance, and love of learning and teaching children, truly translates into a benefit for all involved.
Meet Drahnier! A recent transplant from Los Angeles, Drahnier has been dancing for over 14 years. Drahnier received his Dance Teaching Degree and Certification in 2013 while studying in Los Angeles, where he also completed a full-time 6-month intensive dance training program with the prominent dance studio Athletic Garage Dance Center in Pasadena, CA. Drahnier was also a member of a dance performance company called LA Unbound where he became one of their seasoned dancers and choreographers from 2011 - 2018. His favorite dance styles are contemporary, lyrical, and jazz, and while in California, Drahnier has performed live as a background dancer for pop music group concerts, has been featured in many concept dance videos and music videos for various artists. Since settling down in Houston, Drahnier has been back in school and working as an HR Professional, and takes dance and cycling classes as a hobby.