We had the good fortune of connecting with Mitchell Kelly and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mitchell, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process was more of a feeling. I wanted to create an environment where dancers felt seen, heard and accepted through their beauty of dance.

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Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My journey through the world of dance is truly remarkable. Starting my training at 13/14 in Atlanta, I may have been considered a late bloomer, but i quickly made up for lost time with my dedication and talent. Training with master teachers worldwide honed my skills, leading to an incredible opportunity with the prestigious Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater under the guidance of Judith Jamison and Masazumi Chaya. Didn’t fully take that journey like people thought I would.
Transitioning into the commercial dance scene, My stardium continued to rise, catching the eye of Creative Director Choreographer Travis Payne. My breakthrough moment came with “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE” Season 8, where i dazzled audiences and earned a spot in the final top 10, followed by a national city tour. From there, my career soared, with appearances at NYC Fashion Week, collaborations with brands like Nike, and performances for luminaries such as Serena Williams and Michelle Obama. A year- long contract with Cirque Du Soleil added another impressive chapter to my resume. Which Ive learned a lot being apart of that cast and company especially being the youngest. My passion for empowerment led me to establish MKS JEWELS LIVE, a platform dedicated to motivating and empowering women through the arts. But perhaps my most fulfilling role is that of a mentor. Having been guided by legends, now pays it forward by training and mentoring dancers, some of whom have become social media sensations. My ultimate goal is to give back to the dance community, providing opportunities for others to realize their full potential just as I was encouraged to do. My career is not just a testament to my talent ,but also to the power of perseverance, mentorship, and paying it forward in the world of dance.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m honesty a home body. If I don’t create. I’m mostly at home. lol But I Love Joey’s , going to The Grove , and bar hope and maybe take them to Runyon canyon lol I know right ..lol I’m a little boring. But I’m all about going out to eat and some good drinks with good music.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I truly want to give love to my Mom Jai McClendon Jones for modeling me and shopping me to become my best self. My Dance teachers and school teachers for always believing in me. And all the other strong black women who have set a tone for me to become great. If my father was still alive he will be proud,

Website: https://www.mksjewelslive.com

Instagram: @iammitchellkelly

Facebook: mksjewelslive

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKOTNxC3mM1YRJqb95yTGvg

Image Credits
Alissa rose borough

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