Kelly Basil joined Bodiography in 2005 and has performed a variety of principal and soloist roles for Caruso and guest choreographers, including Ze’eva Cohen, Anjali Austin, James Martin, and most recently, Lynne Taylor-Corbett. In addition to dancing, she has presented several pieces of her own contemporary choreography on the company during annual Multiplicity concerts.
Ms. Basil attended North Carolina School of the Arts in the B.F.A. Ballet program, and then studied contemporary movement at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she graduated with a B.A. in Dance, magna cum laude. While attending UNCG, she danced with the Greensboro Ballet for two seasons, performing soloist roles in both contemporary and classical repertoire. Originally from Long Island, she feels fortunate to have studied under the renowned Maggie Black and owes much of her development to Black’s coaching. She received her early training at Huntington Ballet Theatre and later at Variations Dance Studio where she moved through the ranks to teaching faculty, as well as intensive programs at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, and Connecticut Ballet.
She recently received her M.Ed. in Health and Physical Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she acted as a graduate assistant for the department. She is certified to teach dance in the public schools as a certified Health and Physical Education K-12 teacher in the State of Pennsylvania and is currently a faculty member at the Ellis School. Ms. Basil has been further developing her role as a dance educator through her positions of Assistant Director of Bodiography Center for Movement and Adjunct Professor at La Roche College.