KELLY ANKNEY

South Dayton School of Dance

BIO 2006:

I was 14 when I won Dancer of the Year and it was a huge thing for me at that time. I lived for Tremaine Conventions and spent my summers in LA at their studio. This award made it possible for me to spend lots of time with the faculty and really learn from them. After the year was over, my studio shifted and started to focus more on ballet and modern dance. We never competed again, instead we focused on Ballet Festivals and theater performances such as The Nutcracker. When I was 16 I was diagnosed with Epilepsy and have struggled ever since with seizures. I continued to dance and graduated with a BFA in modern dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. I started teaching and choreographing right away in Philly and have since moved to New Jersey, where I hope to start teaching again. I was recently married and live with my husband in Marlton, NJ. My new last name is Cardillo! I feel that whether or not you choose a career in dance or decide to focus on something else, Tremaine conventions are a wonderful way to learn about passion, love, and self confidence. When I started teaching, I was introduced as a graduate of UArts, but more importantly, "The first Dancer of the Year!!!". My students were not so impressed by my degree but I was instantly respected for the title I had received when I was 14. I hope you can let Joe know that I am a lifetime fan of his and he had an incredibly huge impact on my life. I don't know if he would remember me, but Doug and he used to call me Brooke Sheilds. That was something else about the faculty, they were able to make everyone feel special and noticed.