Kelly King, Founder/Artistic Director of Contradiction Dance, makes dances for theatre, film, stage, and street... and all the places people go in-between. Playing in several artistic sandboxes at once, while teasing the line between art & entertainment, Kelly brings a collage of interests to each endeavor.
For over 10 year she has worked with teachers and students on adaptive movement bringing dance to all types of students. She has founded three dance programs, including the CityDance Center at Strathmore (2004) and Contradiction Dance (2007), led countless professional development workshops for educators nationwide, consulted for the DC Collaborative for the Arts and Humanities (2006-2008), and served St. Mary’s College of Maryland teaching all levels of improvisation, composition, jazz and modern dance (2006-2009).
Currently, Kelly teaches beginners through professional levels of dance to students ranging from pre-school to senior citizens, including adults with disabilities. She also leads Moving Dialogues workshops to engage and empower non-dancers in the artistic process through their own writing and movement. As a trainer in arts integration, she leads workshops designed to create the next generation of master educators for the Learning Alliance (Florida), Story Tapestries (Nationwide), and InterAct Story Theater.
Kelly has performed nationally and internationally for several companies, most notably: Contradiction Dance (Artistic Director), BodyWise Dance, CityDance Ensemble (Associate Director), Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Echo Park Contemporary Ballet, and JazzDanzDC. She has performed with production companies, including Cirque du Soleil, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Cast of Thousands.
Choreography Credits include: Kennedy Center: Objects of Hope; The Phillips Collection: In the Flesh, Shapes in Space; Round House Theatre: Stage Kiss, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Lord of the Flies; Over The Line Festival: Objects of Hope, Homemade; Source Festival: Hallmark Dreams, Other Life (Film); St. Mary's College: Polaroid Stories, Dancing on the Earth, Objects of Hope; Adventure Theatre: The Little Engine That Could; Forum Theatre: Bobrauschenbergamerica; Constellation Theatre: The Love of the Nightingale, Scapin, The Fire and the Rain; Taffety Punk Theatre Company: Phaeton; GEICO: Annual Benefits (Film); Anacostia Arts Center: Walk a Mile; Site Specific: #DanceAboutDC series, BOUNDARIES, CODE SWITCH.
Kelly serves the creative community as an educator, choreographer, consultant, advocate and audience member. She also serves corporate communities and entrepreneurs through The Movement Movement, helping businesses and individuals Kick the Sitting Habit.
Choreographer Kelly Mayfield proved that this aging genre can be fresh and relevant in the 21st century. - The Washington Post
Kelly King is a recipient of the 2016 Artist Fellowship Program grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She is a 2017 Helen Hayes Award Nominee for her choreography in Taffety Punk Theatre Co's production of Phaeton.