Kelly Archer was born with an urgency to create and to express herself through performance and movement. She began dancing at a young age, becoming serious about her training when her family moved to Southern California. She began her professional career while still in high school and after graduation was chosen to be part of the Edge Performing Arts Center’s scholarship program, which gave her the opportunity to study and perform movement with some of the most innovative choreographers in Los Angeles. Ms. Archer attended the University of Northern Colorado, where she was awarded both arts and academic scholarships, and earned a degree in theater with an emphasis in directing and a minor in dance. It was during her university training where she fell in love with concert dance.
In 2016, she founded Chadash Contemporary Dance Movement, an emerging professional company that creates unique dance experiences through telling original soul-stirring, thought-provoking, and transcendent stories primarily through dance, but also employing many other media, including original spoken word, film, visual art, photography, and music. The company premiered at its first concert, “A Life Song,” in Broomfield, Colorado in August of 2016. Their second concert, “Made For Another World,” premiered in August, 2017, and then toured to Northern California in January, 2018. Their most concert, Battle Cry premiered in Broomfield in August of 2018, and toured to Northern California this past January. Chadash was honored to be invited to perform excerpts of Battle Cry in March at The Breath & The Clay conference, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In 2018, Chadash was one of eight companies in Colorado to be selected for the “New and Now” formal showcase of the inaugural Presenting Dance Festival, where they created a new work, entitled: “Reaching For Hope: A Mountain of We.” Along with Judi Daniels, her artistic partner in crime, she is very passionate and excited about continuing to further Chadash’s mission statement: to stand in the ashes of the barn burned down, and point to the moon, one foot in suffering, one foot in hope.
Outside of Chadash, Ms. Archer’s work has most recently been seen at Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Outside Festival, the Inaugural Presenting Denver Dance Festival, the McCallum Theatre’s Choreography Festival in Palm Desert, and the Tanzsommer Festival in Austria. In 2011, she created and became the Artistic Director for Synthesis, a bi-annual event that celebrates collaborations between visual artists, dancers, choreographers, and musicians. She directed and choreographed for four Double Feature ballets from 2008-2014 for Northern California Dance Conservatory, all performed in Northern California.
Also passionate as a dance educator, she co-directed the Pre-Professional division at Northern California Dance Conservatory, since it’s opening in 2006 until 2014 when she relocated to Colorado. Prior to that, she co-directed iMPACT Dance Company, a non-profit, pre-professional program based in Northern California from 2004-2006. Ms. Archer’s students have gone on to dance professionally with some of the most prestigious companies in the world. Her students can be seen dancing with Nederland Dans Theatre, The Cullberg Ballet, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Szalt Dance, Eugene Ballet Company, State Street Ballet, the show “Hamilton” on Broadway, and the Rockettes, to name a few. Her students have received numerous scholarships and awards and have continued their studies at prestigious programs such as The Julliard School, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, SUNY Purchase, Boston Conservatory, SMU, London School of Contemporary Dance, Staatliche Balletschule Berlin, The Nederlands ArnemHogeschool, and more.
During her career as a choreographer, dance educator, and director she has become known for her unique ability to combine her skill and training in dance and theater in order to craft work that tells a story; cuts clean through and ultimately has something to say which perhaps could not be expressed in words. Her choreography explores themes of longing, hope, liberation, wonder, and compassion. It has been a great passion of Ms. Archer’s to provide inspirational, holistic, and aesthetic training for her students. Her choreography and classes emphasize a strong, technical base while cultivating contemporary fusion movement to create work that ultimately speaks to the human condition. She also feels the importance of fostering the creative soul within her students in order to develop their own voices to communicate through intentional movement. She is blessed to be able to do what she loves so much and to pass along what she has learned on her journey as an artist, dancer, choreographer, and educator.
Kelly has a burning passion for the arts and believes they hold a power that can heal, transform, and bring beauty into our world. This passion extends to nurturing the artist’s heart as she believes this is ultimately where all great art is conceived.