Kelly grew up on a farm in Wyoming dancing in a small town studio. She received her B.F.A. in choreography and performance from The University of Montana, where her endeavors included performing at the Kennedy Center in the National American College Dance Festival’s gala concert with “Prey,” choreographed by Bebe Miller. She also worked with Sarah Gamblin, and attended Doug Varone and Dancers, White Mountain, and Moving People Dance Theatre’s summer intensives. Since moving to Portland, she has danced with Happydog, Max Ribner Band, Blue Sky Ensemble in the Galaxy Festival in Director Park and enjoys choreographing in her spare time. She currently works at The Portland Ballet and teaches dance and gymnastics classes in community centers.
Celeste has her twin sister, Estelle to thank as her constant inspiration for dance in her life. She has been moonlighting as a dancer in Portland for the last 15+ years, performing most recently with Kate Rafter | Automal Dance, presenting ‘Tir fo Thuinn’ in July ’14. She has also had the pleasure of working with tEEth, Esther La Pointe, Paige McKinney, among others. She maintains her dance technique with the “therapy” of ballet and modern classes and has added Argentine Tango to her disciplines. Celeste is tickled and honored to join TopShakeDance.
Jim began creating dances in 1992 with "Spitting Dimes" and continued multiple works over the following 18 years while dancing for several choreographers. In 2010 he founded TopShakeDance as a format for choreographic exploration. He recently completed a tryptic of works culminating in "Gust" 2011, "Jamb" 2012, and "Float" 2013.
We'll Be Right Back
TopShakeDance is currently in rehearsal creating new work to premier sometime in 2016, stay tuned.