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 team.  Kelly Irish Dancers have been spotted dancing throughout New England and the US, New York City, California, Walt Disney World, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, to name a few.  And around the globe too in Germany, England, and of course often Ireland too. 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 and beyond. KSID offers both competitive and recreational dance programs, private lessons, workshops, Ceili classes, and our favorite, performance & production classes.

The KSID Studio was established in 2011. Our studio is equipped with sprung dance floors, full length dance mirrors, and plenty of sparkle & shine! There's no place like KSID.

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.

 

Meghan Kelly

Artistic Director / Studio Owner                

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 certified TCRG, with accreditation through the World Irish Dance Association and Rince Tuatha Nua. 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 KSID can continue to create opportunities for dancers to travel the globe with their exceptional dancing and their award-winning sparkle & shine.

Kathleen Chilton

Assistant Director / Lead 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. KSID 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 directing our company classes.

Kathleen is a certified TCRG accredited through the World Irish Dance Association, and Rince Tuatha Nua. She is a Disney fanatic and loves seeing Kelly dancers take the stage in Walt Disney World!