Kelly Nimens (Toronto, Canada) embraced her passion and became a professional dancer. Kelly started competitive dance at just 5 years of age, training in multiple dance styles at both Elite Danceworx and Performing Dance Arts. Simultaneously she also trained at the National level in Artistic Gymnastics and competed successfully in both disciplines. Later, Kelly transitioned to the United States and graduated from Chapman University in Orange, California with a BFA in Dance Performance.
Notable early accomplishments include: Junior Footloose National Champion, “Rising Star” recipient Dance Spirit Magazine, York Region Celebration Champion and performing on “The Next Step” television series. Kelly also auditioned/attended the Alvin Ailey Intensive, Radio City Rockettes Pre-Professional Program and made the Cirque du Soleil database. During her senior year at Chapman U, Kelly captained the Dance Team whereby they won their 10th consecutive National Team title.
Kelly has been fortunate to study under the following prominent choreographers; Jerome Alexander, Marguerite Derricks,Tyce Diorio, Alicia Guy, Dom Kelley, Nick Lazzarini, Shannon Mather, Sabrina Phillips and Andrew Winghart.
Recent professional accomplishments include; featured dancer in Jerome Alexander’s major industrial shows for Adidas, Maserati, Martell Cognac and Jaegar Le Couture at the Shanghai International Film Festival in both Shanghai and Shenzhen, China (June 2018 to October 2019). Kelly then performed at the Aria Hotel, Las Vegas New Year’s Eve show 2018. Kelly also performed in several shows for Dublin Worldwide Entertainment including the Christmas Wonderland North American Tour (shows in 17 cities, 12 states November/December 2018), lead dancer in “Dancing Queen” show at Fallsview Casino Niagara Falls, Canada (July/August 2019) and the Christmas Wonderland show in Tokyo, Japan (November/December 2019).
Most recently (during COVID-19), Kelly is on faculty at Mather Dance Company and has also been kept busy with choreography, teaching master classes/private classes and judging at dance competitions. Kelly currently lives in Los Angeles, California and is represented by Movement Talent Agency.
I love to keep moving...
I love to be active...
Into... Gymnastics, Basketball, Pilates, Partnering, Skiing, Stage Managing, Swimming, Track & Field, Volleyball, & Yoga.
|America's Got Talent, NBC||Dancer||Auti Kamal|
|The Next Step, The Family Channel||Dancer||Amy Wright|
|Adidas||Lead Dancer||Jerome Alexander|
|Aria NYE-EPlus Productions||Dancer||Douglas Johnson|
|Chapman Celebration, Chapman U||Dancer||Alicia Guy|
|Chapman Dance Tour, Cirque Du Soleil||Dancer||Sarah Davison|
|Chapman Dance Tour, Ariana Grande’s Choreographer||Dancer||Brian Nicholson|
|Christmas Wonderland U.S. Tour||Dancer||Jay Lodge|
|Cirque du Soleil Database||Dancer||Sarah Davison|
|Dancing Queen||Lead Dancer||Jay Lodge|
|FujiFilm Festival||Dancer||Nikki Charest|
|National Level Gymnast Competitions||Gymnast||July Gershcovic|
|Radio City Rockettes (Pre-Professional Program), MSG Sports & Entertainment||Dancer||Rhonda Malkin|
|Shanghai International Film Festival
|Lead Dancer||Jerome Alexander|
|Red Bull Bracket Reel||Dancer||Meesh Harvey|
|A-List Designs||Model||Paige Synder|
|LF stores||Model||Heather Kelly|
|Ballet - Vladimir Karpov, Anna Karpova, Lawrence Rosenberg, Nadia Veselova Tencer|
|Contemporary/Jazz - Hani Abaza, Deirdre Barnes, Tyce Diorio, Alicia Guy, William Johnston, Shannon Mather|
|Hip Hop - Shanna Cipressi, Mariah Spears|
|Modern - Jennifer Backhaus, Sean Greene, Liz Curtis, Liz Maxwell, Holly Johnston|
|Tap - Brandee (Williams Lara) Barnaby, Ryan Foley|
|Workshops/Master Classes -Brian Friedman, Dee Caspery, Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Stacey Tookey, Travis Wall|
|Acro (Gymnastics), Basketball, Pilates, Partnering, Skiing (Water & Snow), Stage Managing, Swimming, Track & Field, Volleyball, Yoga|