2011-12 Luvabulls: Meet Kelley
What does being a member of the Luvabulls mean to you?
Being a Luvabull means so much to me. It means sharing the same passion and love for dance with amazing, intelligent, beautiful women. It is such an honor to be one of the few selected to be a part of such an amazing and well known organization that has been around for so many years. Just like I used to look up to the Luvabulls and watch them when I was a little girl, I hope to inspire and be a good role model to kids out there as well. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to do that.
What is your claim to fame—besides being a Luvabull?
My claim to fame would have to be when I was selected as one of six girls to travel overseas to Kosovo to dance/entertain the troops. It was a weeklong trip to bring joy and a little part of “home” to the troops that were there to fight for peace. It was such an honor to be a part of something so big and get to tour and learn all about the different parts of the military base. Also, being asked to sing the National Anthem at the site was truly inspiring. It was a NATO base so it was interesting to meet people from different countries that were all there fighting for the same reason. An experience I will never forget.
How has your dancing experience led you to this point?
I started dancing in high school which is much later than most dancers. I realized the passion and love I had for dance and wanted to do as much as I could with my talent. I quickly learned to watch others and learn from them different techniques and styles. After high school I wanted to try something different and I became a member of the Adrenaline Rush Dancers (AFL football team). After 6 years, I wanted to once again, step it up and challenge myself and that is when I decided the Luvabulls were calling my name! I am very fortunate for my past dancing experiences but much more excited for what my future holds as a Chicago Luvabull.
Describe the feeling of hearing your number called at tryouts as you made the Luvabulls.
Hearing my number called out at the end of the audition process was so surreal. It was a sigh of relief, shock, disbelief and excitement all in one. It is a very grueling, exhausting process and to know that you made it that far through each step of the way and it all paid off is just an unbelievable feeling. I almost had to pinch myself because you try and tell yourself the entire time “I can do this,” and then when I actually did, I couldn’t believe it! So instead of saying, “I want to try out to become a Chicago Luvabull,” I can now say I actually am a Chicago Luvabull : )
What do you do for a living?
I am a special education teacher. I work with children in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade who have special needs or disabilities. I work to not only educate them, but to physically, mentally, and emotionally help further their success in school and in life.
What is your proudest accomplishment to date and where do you see yourself in 10 years?
My proudest accomplishment to date would be getting where I am in my career at such a young age. Not only in my career but in many of the experiences I’ve accomplished so far through the years. I have memories to last a lifetime and have so many more to go. I’m just grateful I’ve been given the opportunities to help guide/better lives and hope to continue that as my year’s progress. In ten years I see myself having children, furthering my education, and perhaps having my goal of starting up a summer program for kids with special needs.
What people do you admire the most and how have they supported or inspired you as a dancer?
I can honestly say there isn’t just one person in my life who I admire the most or have had a significant impact on my life because they all have. From my parents, to my sister and my husband, they have all been such a huge part of supporting me and showing me that I can do whatever I put my mind to. Each of them has taught me that there are struggles in life and it’s the way you handle those struggles that make you the person you are. I have learned that no matter how smooth or rough the road in front of you may be, it’s up to you to make the best of it and learn and grow every step of the way. I truly wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them.