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 or competitive dancing, but for performing as part of our performance troupes 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 to name a few. We love love love to travel and share our love of the dance with audiences around the world.
Classes are offered to the littlest of dancers through adults, beginners to 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 and The Riverdance Academy.
The KSID Studio was established in 2011 under the guidance of Meghan Kelly, T.C.R.G. Our studio is equipped with sprung dance floors, full length dance mirrors, and plenty of sparkle & shine! KSID is currently home to the first American dancer to win the WIDA European Championships, Miss Emily Pietrantozzi, and the 2018 CRDM U18 World Champion, Miss Jensen Barry.There truly is no place like KSID.
KSID is registered with The Irish Dance Commission, An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha, CLRG, in Dublin Ireland, The Irish Dancing Teacher’s Association of North America, IDTNA, and The Irish Dance Teacher’s Association of New England, NEIDT.
Artistic Director / TCRG
Meghan Kelly began her love of Irish dance 28 years ago with Michael Smith of the Smith-Houlihan Academy & later 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.
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 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 has become an inseparable part of the KSID team; we wouldn't be KSID without her.
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 co-directing our company classes.
Kathleen is a certified TCRG accredited through Rince Tuatha Nua and The World Irish Dance Association. She is a Disney fanatic and loves seeing Kelly dancers take the stage in Walt Disney World!