Kelli Miles is a junior at the University of Minnesota pursuing her BFA in Dance with a minor in Leadership. Her training began at Central Wisconsin School of Ballet where she performed principal roles such as Alice in Alice in Wonderland and the Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker. In high school, Kelli attended Interlochen Arts Academy, graduating with academic and artistic honors. She has spent summers training with Milwaukee Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Alonzo King LINES Contemporary Ballet. She has performed works by George Balanchine, Gina Patterson, Matthew Prescott, Uri Sands, Anne-Rene Petrarca, Carl Flink and Angharad Davis. Kelli has had the privilege of performing with professional companies, Shapiro & Smith Dance in their world premiere of Tableau Vivant and the Martha Graham Dance Company in the U of M's cast of Martha Graham's infamous piece Panorama. Most recently, Kelli co-produced Work Sighted: Emerging Dance, Heighted Research with fellow UMN Dance Majors.
I am a dancer - an intellectual being with a heigtened bodily awareness and ability to access the unverbalized, as well as the more easilby told, stories of human experiences that manifest within our bodies and minds. I share in the retelling and reframing of these stories through performing works by myself and other choreographers. At this place in my artistic journey, my focus is on embodying other artists' choreographies and creations or collaborating throughout the process. I am more interested in how my artistic voice can come out through performance as a dancer, rather than through the finished product of movement as a choreographer. Asethetically, I am drawn to work that blends the boundaries between abandoment and classical technique. Subtleties versus unapologetic rigor intrigues me. Focus and presence are extremly important in the work I perform. This work is an invaluable, powerful vehicle for social change by connecting to people in visceral, empathetic ways. Through movement, I offer different viewpoints on our experiences to spark compassion in humanity; as an artist, I also use my medium to question social narratives in hopes of provoking productive, diverse conversations.