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Justine Kelly - Artistic Director

Justine, originally from the Virginia/DC area, is primarily trained in the Cecchetti Ballet Method studying under Cynthia Kelly. Justine moved to Chicago in 2013 to pursue a new dance environment, and in 2015 started Ardent Dance Company. Justine’s focus with Ardent was combining classical ballet techniques with contemporary movement, a focus on partnering, and a style of realism that is pulled from the movement. Her idea was to create contemporary full length works, featuring modern music with original stories. Four original stories later, Justine is thrilled this company has come to life. She would not only like to thank her friends for constantly supporting her art, her mother who gives advice and wisdom, but also thank the dancers that have worked with Ardent and brought her vision to life. 

“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.” - Poe

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Mitchell Haley - Assistant Director

Bio Coming Soon!