Tonia Kelly

(ARAD, DIP, TC DIST) - Ballet (RAD)

Tonia studied RAD Classical Ballet from age 4, achieving the award of Solo Seal at 17.

In 1978 Tonia was accepted into the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne under the direction of Dame Margaret Scott OBE and successfully graduated.

In 1980, Tonia began a full time contract with the world renowned Sydney Dance Company. She remained with the company, performing in all Graeme Murphy’s world premier works and toured extensively with the Company both nationally and internationally for 11 years. She had the opportunity of dancing many and varied leading roles during her time with the SDC. Highlights include creating the role of Ideal Love in Some Rooms, one of Graeme Murphy’s most popular works. Some Rooms was performed extensively around the world for 7 years. Other career highlights include the role of May the redhead match girl in Sirens  and Chloe in Daphnis and Chloe.

Upon retiring from her professional dancing career, Tonia began freelance teaching. In 1994 she achieved Distinction in the RAD Teaching Certificate. She recently became a mentor for the RAD CBTS (Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies).

Over the past two decades, Tonia has taught classical ballet for Darc Swan Company, Ecole Classique, Dynamite Studios (under the direction of David Atkins and Sheree da Costa), Rosalie Lane, Sydney Festival Ballet and Barker Dance Studio. Her choreographic achievements include a solo for Olivia Bell of the Australian Ballet Company, for the Prix de Lausanne. She also spent several years choreographing productions for the education sector. In addition to her freelance teaching, she has worked as an adjudicator on the eisteddfod circuit and also teaches ballet to mature age students.

Tonia has completed a triple Diploma in Interior and Colour Design at the International School of Colour and Design and runs a small interior styling business from home.

Tonia lives in Newport and has two children Brynn 21 and Evan 18.