Kelli L. Wray is an interpretive dancer who enjoys sharing her passion for the arts with others.
In October 2004, Kelli marked her Halifax theatre debut by choreographing and dancing in the original “Conversations with God ”and following a year later, “Excuse Me Lord, But I Didn’t Hear You,” both written and directed by Clyde A. Wray. In February 2006, she collaborated on a project with Ardyth & Jennifer for a night of dance, music and poetry.
Prior to moving to Halifax, Kelli lived in Ottawa, where her love for the arts and passion for music and dance blossomed. She trained in Ballroom and Latin dance with Fred Astair Studios, but wanting to make her own mark in the world of dance, she took her form of interpretive dance to the streets and earned her living as a busker in Ottawa’s City Market for two summers, where she performed with various talented instrumentalist.
Kelli actively partakes in movement workshops ranging form kundalini and kripalu yoga to belly dance, Modern and African dance. Most recently she is learning the art of Tai Chi. Since moving back to New Brunswick in 2006 (Fredericton native-born), she currently facilitates Release To The Beat, movement workshops for adults and children in Uptown Saint John.
She has danced in various multicultural festivals here in the city as well as taking part in the Fundy Bay Festival in August 2007. Kelli choreographed and danced in “The Night” performed in May 2009 at the Saint John Arts Centre collaborating with Gordie Halvorsen and Clyde A.Wray. She's also danced and choreographed in "The Diary Within My Head / Lysistrata" showcased at the Imperial Theatre in November 2009. She was honored to take part in the closing ceremonies of the Acadian Games held at Harbour Station 2010, collaborating with the young talented Monet Comeau. Most recently, she has taken part in evenings of dance hosted by Connection Dance Works, bringing local dancers together celebrating creative movement.
Kelli is always seeking opportunity to perform and share the love of dance with others. She has two smart & beautiful daughters, Astrid and Shasta who also love to dance! And one handsome little man Nikolai who has his own style of boppin' to the beats. She was excited to be involved with the NB Museum summer 2010 offering a dance camp for school kids "Moving and Grooving at the NB Museum."
Kelli performed in Mood Swings at the SJAC October 2012 collaborating with poet Clyde A. Wray and Singer/Songwriter Debbie Adshade.
She is now in rehearsals for the upcoming production "The Wind" November 2013 at Imperial Theatre, a collaboration amongst many dancers, film, music and poetic word.