Kelly McCarthy

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Owner and Artistic Director

Ms Kelly is the Owner and Artistic Director of Ignite Dance Company, and has been teaching dance for the last 30 years. Before opening Ignite in June 2016, she previously owned Kelly’s Dance Academy for 19 years, in both New Bedford, Massachusetts and New Port Richey, Florida.  

Ms Kelly has been the director of multiple competitive dance teams. Over the years, her studios have won numerous awards, including: Best Choreography Award, Best Precision Award, and an outstanding number of Judge's Awards. She has judged many pageants and competitions throughout New England and the Tampa Bay area and continues to work with a number of master instructors in the dance industry to constantly excel her studio.

Before opening a dance studio, Ms Kelly worked as a preschool, school age teacher, and camp counselor, which has enabled her ability to communicate with her students. Ms Kelly has been a volunteer to help fund raise for many charitable events such as St. Jude’s Hospital, the March of Dimes, All-Children's Hospital, and the American Cancer Society. Her dance teams have devoted many hours of community service to local events and area performances to help with these worthy causes. She was awarded the Silver Award for Pasco's Best Dance Studio and has been recognized by Parents Magazine for her studio's dedication to children and its family atmosphere. Her love of children and dance continues to grow as Ignite continues to thrive and welcomes you to join our Ignite dance family!