2012-13 Luvabulls: Meet Kelley
What does being a member of the Luvabulls mean to you?
It is such an honor to be a part of the Chicago Luvabulls for another year. Being a part of this team means sharing the same passion and love for dance with such talented, intelligent, beautiful women and also sharing that with the most amazing fans in the NBA. Being a part of this organization also means being a role model to young kids and inspiring them to find their passion in life. By putting in the hard work and dedication, you can achieve anything you want!
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 a member of the Adrenaline Rush Dancers (AFL Chicago Rush football team) for 6 years. I wanted to once again, step it up and challenge myself and that is when I decided to audition in 2011! I am very fortunate to be able to return for a 2nd year as a Chicago Luvabull and look forward to learning much more and making new memories.
What is your claim to fame—besides being a Luvabull?
My claim to fame would have to be when I previously danced for team and 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.
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.
Describe the feeling of performing at a Bulls playoff game.
Words can’t begin to describe the feeling of performing at a Bulls playoff game. You try to physically and mentally prepare for that moment and try to stay focused on what your job in the game is but your adrenaline kicks in and it is such a surreal experience. Fans are so loud, lights and cameras are everywhere, and just the excitement of the game itself is a moment that everyone should experience. It is what we as performers dream of and I live for moments like that!
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 in supporting me and showing me that I can do whatever I put my mind to. Each one 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.
What is your proudest accomplishment to date and where do you see yourself in 10 years?
My proudest accomplishment to date would be getting to where I am in my career. 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 very 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.