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5740 Bundy Road  *  New Orleans, Louisiana  70127  * (504) 241-8842

The Kelly School of Dance was established in 1950 by the late Lorraine Kelly Petit.


Our system of teaching technique and terminology continues to be the cornerstone of our program today.  Through the years the school has gained a reputation for excellence both in the New Orleans community and across the nation. Each year our students are recognized in national dance competitions and performances for their dance skills and innovative routines. Our students have been very successful in getting selected for their school’s performance teams as well as community based dance programs such as NOBA’s pre-professional tracts and NOCCA.


Firmly in our 6th Decade, we are proud of our accomplishments and pledge to continue our tradition of quality dance education for years to come.


Kelly School of Dance - “A School Whose Reputation Has Been Built By Performance”

- Lorraine Kelly Petit



Lorraine Kelly Petit

1928 - 2009


Innovator, Visionary, Tough, Straightforward, Caring …

Just a few words to describe

Our Beloved Founder.

“Miss Kelly” as she was called, was determined to enhance the lives of the children she taught by providing a solid dance foundation and experiences to broaden their horizons both inside and outside of the studio.

Kelly School of Dance

2016-2017 Teaching Staff

Seated in front (L to R) - Bethani Pete,,Ballet; Kemba White-Dupree, Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Tumbling; Ireiell Hawkins, Teaching Intern-Jazz, Modern.

Standing (L to R) - Bianca Johnson, Pre-School, Intermediates,Jr. Performing Arts, Marisa Mitchell,Intermediates, Hip Hop; Adrianne Petit Mitchell-Director, Advanced/Intermediate Tap, Jazz, Ballet; Charita Harris, Inermediate/Advanced Tumbling; Justine Mikell, Pre-School.

Not Pictured; Adia Harrison, Teaching Intern, Jazz, Modern; Rachel Davis Haley, Beginner Tap, Ballet, Jazz.