About Me

My name is Keely Allan and I am the founder of dance 8. I am married to Johnny and we have two beautiful boys, Jimmy and Mack.

This is my story:

As a schoolgirl I attended Williams School of Dance in Portsmouth, and Southampton Arts. After leaving school I trained at Brian Rogers' "Performers" dance college in London for a year. At 17, I left England and travelled the world as a professional dancer. I had the fantastic opportunity to have my passion as my career.

I danced in Paris, Italy, and cruised the Caribbean for 9 months. I danced for the British Army, entertaining troops in Northern Ireland, Belize and the Falkland Islands. I danced in pantomimes and Summer seasons with top entertainers such as Freddie Starr, Michael Barrymore, Hale and Pace, Billy Connelly, Shane Ritchie, Joe Pasquale and Jim Davidson.

Later on in my career I turned my attention to choreography and teaching. I successfully ran my own dance agency that supplied dancers for shows, nightclubs and promotions. Whilst doing this, I was also teaching for Southampton Arts where I taught for over 10 years up until 2009.

This brings us to today and why I want to pass on my experience through dance 8.

Having had all this knowledge of the 'dancing world', I feel that there is something missing from the conventional dance school. They provide an excellent service for children and parents who want to learn ballet or tap, following a ISTD or RAD syllabus, and progress through exams and competitions. However, there are boys and girls who want to dance, but don't want to be that tailored. Not to mention being able to afford the high fees for lessons, exams, uniforms and costumes.

dance 8 is for children who want to learn to dance how they want to dance. It keeps them fit and healthy, allows them to listen to their favourite music, and emulate their idols. Dancing encourages both teamwork and indivuality.

dance 8 is creating the opportunity to follow my dream, by teaching children to express themselves through freestyle dance.

My family

My family

 

Alan Ball

Dad

 

Number 8 shirt

Number 8

 

My Mum and Dad

Mum & Dad