Kelly Stolar is a native of the Buffalo, N.Y. area where she had the wonderful opportunity to learn and work alongside her mother who taught dance in the Greater Buffalo area for 55 years and had studied Tap with Sammy Davis, Jr. and Fred Kelly (Gene’s younger brother). Following graduation from Allegheny College with a B.A. in Psychology and Elementary Education, Kelly founded and voluntarily directed Spring Hill Dance Academy, a free dance program for over 10 years on Pittsburgh’s North Side. During this same time, she was also a dance instructor at Michele’s Dance Center. Since moving to Erie in 2000, Kelly has been an instructor at the American College Dance Festival, Kristin’s Dance Company, Mercyhurst College’s Summer Dance Experience, Mercyhurst University Carpe Diem Academy, and Mercyhurst North East Dance Institute. Kelly currently works as Special Events Manager and Executive Assistant to the CEO for Sarah Reed Children’s Center and is a Tap instructor for Erie Dance Conservatory, Erie Dance Theater, and Sovereign Ballet. She is also the Artistic Director for “Tap Essentials” her performance and competitive Tap group. Kelly remains current with her dance skills by attending workshops on a yearly basis and has most recently studied with Corey Snide, Taja Riley, Andy Pellick, Chloe Arnold and Melinda Sullivan. Other Tap professionals she has trained with are Michelle Dorrance, Savion Glover, Derick Grant, Jared Grimes, Jason Janas, Lisa LaTouche, Elec Simon, Jimmy Tate, Aaron Tolson, and Danny Wallace. Kelly is excited to join the faculty of Erie Dance Conservatory for her seventh season.