Carol Wellman-Kelly


Carol Wellman-Kelly 2010

With a classical ballet and musical theatre background, Carol launched into a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Dance and Teaching at the Victorian College of the Arts graduating in 1985. After graduating Carol performed with companies 2 Dance Plus (now Buzz Dance Theatre) Chrissie Parrott Dance Collective, Dance North and a cameo as Cinderella's mother for WA Ballet.

From 1992 to 1999 her curiosity took her to Europe via USA where she performed, choreographed and taught for Compagnie Velvet in Belgium, Compagnie Pascoli in France, Theater am Ballsaal and the Greifswald Theater in Germany and V-Tol, English National Opera, Green Candle Dance Company, the Claire Russ Ensemble in Britain, the London Contemporary Dance Theatre and Rambert Dance Company under Christopher Bruce. She has been fortunate in her ability to balance her dance and physical theatre performance career with education work and choreographic projects. Her commitment to dance education allowed her to work with the outreach education units of Rambert Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance Company, Cando Co foundation course and the London Contemporary Dance Theatre.

Carol returned to Australia in 1999 and freelanced teaching and sharing her choreographic ideas in Sydney, Canberra, Regional New South Wales, Townsville and Tasmania. She worked as rehearsal director for Thwack! and Tasdance before joining The Australian Dance Theatre in Adelaide as the Assistant Director with Artistic Director Garry Stewart from 2000 to 2008. During this time, she also took 12 months out in 2002 to fulfil the role of Artistic Director for Buzz Dance Theatre with whom she began her professional career in 1986 (known then as 2 Dance Plus).

Carol first worked as Rehearsal Director with Tasdance for the 1999 Passion fruit tour, followed by being a choreographic mentor for the dancers, alongside Chrissie Parrott and Carmel Bird in the Story lines project. Carol has also worked as Rehearsal Director for Tasdance's seasons of Obsession in 2000, Divine Harmonies in 2005, Parenthesis in 2008 and Heart Matters in 2010.