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Commercial dance

Kelley Abbey - Dancer

"I landed my first job in a film called Rebel for Ross Coleman. This led to a succession of commercial gigs. I was doing as many as 4-5 gigs a day in countless TV shows, commercials, music videos, films and dance groups.

This was the era of Fame and Flashdance, dance was very in fashion to use for promotion, entertainment and advertising. The 80's saw me being a regular Tony Bartuccio dancer for the Mike Walsh Tonight Show, a regular member of the Don't Ask Questions dance group for Jane Beckett, and a member of the Electric Legs dance group for David Atkins.

I worked with many great choreographers and was also sent to China on a government cultural exchange to teach and demonstrate western dance to communist China assisting Ross Coleman. My work also took me to places like India and Africa.

This was an abundant time for me as a dancer and I have many fond memories of body rolling and dancing my butt off with great performers like Roy Dudley, Jacqui Howard, William A Forsythe, Ana Kypreos, Helena Wilson, Todd McKenney and Sheree De Costa. This was when I established my long running working relationship with David Atkins as he was developing his first show Dancin' Man."

Kelley Abbey 

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