The Studio Owner

Sharing the Love of Dance in Staten Island

During his thirty years as a FADS dance instructor, studio manager and Fred Astaire Dance Studio owner at four locations, Kelly Gilmore has been sharing the magic of ballroom dance with thousands of New Yorkers, including internationally known celebrities such as Dustin Hoffman, Marlo Thomas, Vanessa Williams, Wayne Newton and Jennifer Grey; whom he coached for her performance in the film “Dirty Dancing.”

Kelly owned and managed the Fred Astaire Downtown Studio in Manhattan for six years and managed the East Side and West Studios for five years.

For the past 15 years Kelly has been the studio manager of the Staten Island Fred Astaire Dance Studio, actively engaged in the borough’s art and social scene, while promoting ballroom dance to a wider audience. His dancing skills and ability to creatively teach dance has been showcased on many local and national television programs, including morning talk shows with both Joan Rivers and Joan Lunden, Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, N.Y. News One, and “A Wedding Story” for TLC. And Kelly performed along side cast members of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” for the “Disney’ Holiday Special” filmed at Disney World in 2008.

Kelly was presented a Fred Astaire Dance Studio “Manager of the Year Award” in 1994. He received the same award again in 2009. In addition to dance, Mr Gilmore has in recent years renewed his lifelong interest in acting and musical theater. His recent performances include acting in Manhattan in Equity showcases for the “Out of the Box” Theatre Company and locally in Staten Island for The Harbor Lights Theater Company.

Kelly wants to introduce you the the magic of ballroom dancing.