KELLY ANN VITACCA
FOUNDER / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
KELLY ANN VITACCA is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She received her Bachelor’s in Performing Arts in Dance Performance at Oklahoma City University and extended Arts Management master studies at Columbia College, Chicago. Vitacca currently choreographs and master teaches nationally while directing Vitacca Dance Project Pre-Professional Company. She served on the dance faculty at Joel Hall Dance Center, State Street Dance Studio and the Wright College Dance Program, while acting as Founding Artistic Director for Inaside Chicago Dance. In 2003 Vitacca founded the professional contemporary jazz company Inaside Chicago Dance and received invitations to perform her work in Dance Chicago, Espacio Cultural Metropolitano, International Choreographers Showcase (Madrid, Spain), Duets For My Valentine; as well as guest performances with NorthWest Ballet, Evanston Art’s and the Dance Chicago Tour. Vitacca was awarded a Leo’s International Choreography Award at Jazz Dance World Congress (Monterrey, Mexico) and was recognized as a Dance Chicago Outstanding Choreographer in 2005. She has served as a guest choreographer for former Cedar Lake II, Forum Jazz Dance Theater, Equity Fights Aids NY Events and Dance Houston to name a few. Currently, Vitacca’s contemporary work won first place at Youth America Grand Prix, Dallas and she was awarded Outstanding Choreographer at Youth America Grand Prix, Houston.
Vitacca’s extensive training on scholarship at Giordano Dance Chicago, Steps on Broadway and the Kirov Ballet Training Program afforded her guest artist roles with Instruments of Movement, Cirque Rivera Dance Theatre, LA Jazz Dance Company and lead soloist at Espacio Cultural Metropolitano (Tampico, Mexico). In 2003 Vitacca utilized her artistic strengths in a new direction and joined the national Equity, Broadway Tour of 42nd Street The Musical. Vitacca was invited to return to complete the national tour run in 2005.
In 2006, Vitacca received the Illinois Artist Fellowship Award, which led to the launch and production of Inaside Dance Project and For The Cause (a benefit performance for Gilda’s Club Chicago cancer support community). As Inaside Chicago Dance Founding Artistic Director, Vitacca conceptualized, co-choreographed and produced the Jackson Pollock inspired evening length In the Painting, which received the acclaim “Shows technical moxie” by Chicago Tribune critic Sid Smith. In addition Vitacca spearheaded the Youth Trainee Program (YTP), offering an advanced training and performance program for emerging dancers, which supports their professional career goals and future education.
In 2008 Vitacca joined Houston Ballet’s artistic staff as Artistic Coordinator and Chaired the Dance/USA Host Programming Committee. With the support of Dance Source Houston and fellow Committee members Vitacca curated and produced the Dance/USA Annual Conference opening program, Houston Dance Inside Out, at Discovery Green on June 3, 2009. On behalf of the committee, Vitacca had the honor of receiving the official Houston Dance Day certificate from Ms. Minnette Boesel, Mayor's Assistant for Cultural Affairs. In 2010 Vitacca was appointed Dance Houston Director of Programming where she developed the Dance Houston Spotlight Tour, Houston Youth Showcase (Jones Plaza), H-Town Get Down (Warehouse Live) and Dance Houston Youth Festival (formerly known as No Limits) (Wortham Theater). Vitacca also acted as the educational programs liaison, supporting dance educators and filling the dance class needs within Houston Independent School District (HISD) schools and at-risk facilities. She has served as Production Manager for the professional festival, Dance Houston and the five Stage ROOTS Festival in Baltimore, MD. She has served as programming panelist for the Texas Weekend of Contemporary Dance (Miller Theater); acted as Choreographic Adjudicator for Houston Royal Academy of Fine Arts; and has been a Guest Master Teacher at the ISAS Arts Festival. Ms. Vitacca was cast as an expert ballet coach on MTV’s MADE television series, which continues to air nationwide.
Vitacca’s vast artistic achievements, arts management experience, industry networks and dedication to advance the dance art form allow her to pioneer Vitacca Vocational School For Dance.