About . . .

Our Founder’s Vision

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

Lorraine Kelly Petit


Innovator, Visionary, Tough, Straightforward, Caring …

 Just a few words to describe our trailblazing founder.

“Miss Kelly”, as she was called, had a vision to enhance the lives of the children she taught through the vehicle of dance.

Under her guidance, the Kelly School of Dance provided a solid dance foundation but perhaps, as important,

provided experiences to broaden their horizons outside of the studio as well.


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 being  selected for their school’s performance teams as well as community based dance programs such as

NOBA’s  pre-professional tracts and NOCCA.

Looking forward to celebrating our 70th year in 2020, 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


Our Current Director Adrianne Petit Mitchell


Our Studio

5740 Bundy Road has been our dance home since October of 2014.
Our facility features 4 dance studios with industry standard, dance floors and wall to wall mirrors,
state- of-the-art audio and video systems and a spacious waiting area.
At over 6500 square feet, and a parking lot that will accommodate more than 75 vehicles, it is one of the premier dance facilities in the city!
Our parents and students love their new dance home and have proudly hosted classes, workshops, tap festivals and rehearsals by local, national and international celebrities and organizations. It is truly a dream come true and another milestone in our continuing commitment to excellence!

Our Staff

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