THE KSID STUDIO
The Kelly School of Irish Dance is home to some of the most fabulous Irish dancers in Rhode Island. We teach traditional and modern Irish dances with a perfect blend of whimsy, culture, and fun. Our quirkiness, and signature KSID charm creates dancers who Smile, Sparkle & Shine on and off the dance floor.
Kelly Irish dancers are made for the stage. Catch a performance and you’ll see what we mean! KSID is an internationally renowned Irish dance school, structuring classes not only to prepare dancers for solo dancing, but for performing as part of our performance troupes, company classes, and teams. Kelly Irish Dancers have been spotted dancing throughout the New England area, as well as in NYC, California, Walt Disney World, Washington D.C., Germany, England, and of course Ireland. We love love love to travel and share our love of the dance with audiences around the world.
Classes are offered in Coventry and Providence, RI for all ages, from the littlest of beginners through champions. KSID offers both competitive and recreational dance programs, private lessons, workshops, Ceili classes, and our favorite, performance production classes. Kelly Irish Dancers have had the opportunity to perform with studio2stage, The Riverdance Summer School, and Disney Performing Arts programs.
The KSID Studio was established in 2011 under the guidance of Meghan Kelly, T.C.R.G. Our KSID Coventry studio is equipped with sprung dance floors, full length dance mirrors, and plenty of sparkle & shine! There truly is no place like KSID.
Owner / Artistic Director / TCRG
Meghan Kelly began her love of Irish dance 30 years ago with Michael Smith of the Smith-Houlihan Academy & Deirdre Goulding Blomberg of the Goulding School of Irish Dance. In 2006 Meghan began teaching Irish dance and by 2011 the KSID Studio was realized.
Kelly Irish Dancers continue to amaze & astound, not just their audiences, but their biggest fan, Meghan. She is easily brought to tears when seeing a dancer shine with confidence on stage.
Meghan is a former champion Irish dancer and a current TCRG, with accreditation through An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha. Meghan resides in Downtown Providence with her cats Anya and Felix and her favorite photog, her husband Mr. Matt. She’s always planning and scheming KSID’s next big thing so The Kelly School of Irish Dance can continue to create opportunities for dancers to travel the globe with their exceptional dancing and their award-winning sparkle & shine.
Director / Lead Instructor
Kathleen Kelly Chilton, Miss Kitty, joined KSID in 2009. Kathleen brings 28 years of Irish dance training to her dancers. Kathleen is responsible for creating precise & sharp dancers. Listen to her corrections and your dancer is sure to shine.
Kathleen creates champion level choreography with ease. She has an amazing ability and gift for understanding rhythms. Her sense of timing and musicality for the dance is impeccable. Miss Kitty is an inseparable part of the KSID team; we wouldn't be KSID without Miss Kitty.
Kathleen hung up her dancing shoes from competitive Irish dancing, but not before winning several national titles in ceili dancing. She now focuses her attention on teaching our new ceili teams and directing our company classes.
Kathleen is a Disney fanatic and loves seeing Kelly dancers take the stage in Walt Disney World and around the World too! She is already counting down the days to our KSID Mouse Club 2020 performance.
Liffey Company Dancer / Instructor
Miss Sheila Rose O’Connell began dancing with KSID in 2008. Miss Sheila has a natural ability for performance and has taken the stage for each and every KSID production, including both of our magical performances at Walt Disney World. Sheila is a successful competitor having competed throughout the New England region and also in Ireland! Sheila is a graduate of CCRI and currently studies hospitality at Johnson and Wales University. Sheila joined our teaching staff in 2016, and we’re so grateful. Sheila is the most loyal Kelly Irish Dancer. Sheila continues to find time not only for her own dancing but for the next generation of Kelly Irish Dancers too! Miss Sheila has a strong fan base. Dances who have her as a teacher request her year after year! Ask Sheila about her experiences with the KSID Mouse Club and the Irish Life Experience.
Óir Company Dancer / Instructor
Kyleigh Anderson began her Irish Dance training with KSID in 2008 at the age of 5. She has a passion for both the performance and competitive sides of Irish dancing. Kyleigh is an internationally recognized Champion dancer and has participated in many local, national and international competitions. Kyleigh’s love for performance truly shines through for all that watch her on stage. Kyleigh began assistant teaching with KSID in 2018 and is now an integral part of our teaching staff. Kyleigh inspires our younger dancers to love dance and love KSID too. Kyleigh inspires our competitive dancers to strive for perfection. She has a rhythmically strong and fabulous dance style and helps us create fabulous dancers like herself. Kyleigh looks forward to her 4th trip to Ireland with KSID in the Summer 2020 and her 2nd KSID Mouse Club performance in the Fall of 2020. Kyleigh is a student at East Providence High School with aspirations of performing in Riverdance and achieving her TCRG accreditation through CLRG. We have know doubt she will achieve both! Ask Ky what it’s like to be a cast member of s2s or our Irish Dance Providence programs.