Juliana Kelly began her dance career at the age of three and continued her dance studies in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, pointe, and acrobatics at a competitive level, where she competed across Canada and the United States. Since 2004, her focus has shifted exclusively to tap.
Upon graduation, Juliana joined Downbeats Tap Company under the direction of Cathy Duncan where she danced for two years performing in the East Coast Tap Conference (ECTC), Taking the Rhythm Train, Embrace the Rhythm, Toronto’s Live in Culture Campaign and many other shows across Ontario. In 2006 Juliana joined Funk Factory National Tap Dance Ensemble under the direction of Shawn Byfield. Funk Factory headlined events such as National Tap Dance Day (2006 and 2007), The Feats Festival (Edmonton, AB), Live in Rhythm and Deloitte’s 50 Best Managed Companies Gala. Currently Juliana works as a contributing artist with the Toronto Rhythm Initiative (TRI), a collective of tap dancers committed to voicing the artistry of Toronto’s professional tap dance community. With the Toronto Rhythm Initiative she has performed in nine TRI shows to date. Most recently, Juliana spent time studying abroad with Heather Cornell, and performed in Walk To The Beat (Nyack, New York), Rhythm Lives! (Montreal Tap Festival) alongside Arthur Duncan and members of Tapestry Dance Company, as well as performing in the Inaugural Toronto Body Percussion Festival.
Juliana’s love of dance has also led her to many teaching opportunities across Ontario including guest choreography, master classes, summer intensives, and workshops. Her main focus is as a competitive teacher and choreographer, with her specialization in tap. She has received multiple overall and choreography awards for her work for creativity, musicality and technical excellence. She continues to train and attend professional classes and workshops to stay up to date and expand her education. Juliana strives to spread the love and respect of tap dance to all her students and is looking forward to her fourth year as a member of the Gotta Dance faculty.