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Kelly became a music theatre writer, performer, and costume designer at age 7 when she produced her first musical in her parents’ home. After high school, she studied voice, acting, and dance in New York and won a British Marshall Scholarship to study playwriting in London. Her sojourn to the UK lasted four years, and she became the first-ever Literary Manager of the Chelsea Centre Theatre in London, where she nurtured works by new British playwrights as well as the award-winning Tony Kushner. After moving back home to Los Angeles, she took a short break from theatre and co-founded (along with her sister) her own dance costume company.
It wasn’t until she became an ardent pole dancer in 2008 that she found a way to unite her diverse talents. Suddenly, a 12-foot piece of chrome became the linchpin (and catalyst) for a new vision of music theatre – one that would use pole dance as a primary story-telling device. Kelly Maglia Vertical Theatre was born.
While Kelly developed her theatrical vision and premiered her shows at legendary Sunset Strip venues like The Whisky a Go Go and The Viper Room, her design career also flourished. Although she began her business by catering to jazz, ballet, and contemporary dancers, Kelly later turned her focus toward pole dance costuming – and began to create opulent, cutting-edge designs for the serious competitor. She has designed for pole celebrities like Natasha Wang, and her costumes have appeared on multiple seasons of So You Think You Can Dance, and in Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher, Dance, and Vertical Art and Fitness magazines.
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