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 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 performance-focused Irish Dance school. Kelly Irish Dancers have been spotted dancing throughout Rhode Island and the New England area, as well as throughout the US, in New York City, New Jersey, California, Utah, Orlando, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and around the globe in Germany, England, and of course often Ireland too. Our dancers share their love of the dance with captivated audiences around the state, nation & world.
Classes are offered to the littlest of dancers through adults, beginners to champions and beyond. In addition to traditional Irish dancing, KSID offers classes in fitness & conditioning, performance production, feis prep, and ceili dancing. The KSID Studio was established in 2011.
KSID is a member of the Rince Tuatha Nua (RTN), affliated with Cumann Rince Dea Mheasa (CRDM). KSID is home to the first American dancer to win the WIDA European Championships and the current CRDM U18 World Champion.
Artistic Director / Owner
Meghan Kelly began her love of Irish dance 28 years ago with Michael Smith of the Smith-Houlihan Academy & later Deirdre Goulding 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, Miss Meghan. She is easily brought to tears when seeing a Kelly Irish Dancer shine with confidence on stage. Perhaps the greatest achievement for Meghan to date has been seeing her dancers dance on the WIDA & CRDM World stages of Germany, England, and Ireland putting KSID on the world map with outstanding and top placements.
Meghan is a former champion Irish dancer and a certified TCRG, with accreditation through the World Irish Dance Association and RTN. Meghan resides in Downtown Providence with her fat cats Anya and Felix and her favorite photog, her husband Mr. Matt. She’s always thinking, planning, choreographing, and scheming KSID’s next big thing. She hopes to continue to create opportunities for her dancers to travel the globe with their dancing and be recognized for their natural charm and exceptional dancing accompanied by the occasional bedazzled ensemble and their award-winning KSID sparkle & shine.
Assistant Director / Instructor
Kathleen Kelly Chilton, Miss Kitty, joined KSID in 2009. Kathleen brings 26 years of Irish dance training to her dancers. Kathleen is responsible for creating some of our most precise & sharp dancers.
Kathleen creates KSID’s 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 has become an inseparable part of the KSID team. All that coaxing to have her join us has paid off and the Kelly dancers truly love classes with Miss Kitty.
Miss Kathleen has hung up her dancing shoes from competitive Irish dancing, but not before winning KSID several national titles for ceili dancing. Kathleen now focuses her attention on teaching our new ceili teams and co-directing our company classes.
Kathleen is a certified TCRG accredited through the World Irish Dance Association, and Rince Tuatha Nua.. Kathleen resides in Coventry RI. Miss Kitty is a Disney fanatic with the likeness of Snow White, who lives for Disney adventures and loves seeing our Kelly dancers perfom at Walt Disney World. She looks forward to the return of KSID Mouse Club, taking the stage in Disney this Fall!