Kelly is a dance film creator and curator from Canada who currently lives in Los Angeles. In September 2018 she was named the Executive and Artistic Director of Dance Camera West, after co-founding the Los Angeles festival of dance film in 2001.

Kelly has a Masters in Dance Film from NYU (with a concentration in Dance and Film History), an Honours BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University and an Honours BA in Communication Studies (with a Minor in Theater History) from the University of Windsor.

She danced with Gina Lori Riley in Windsor and Tammy Forsythe in Montréal before moving to New York City to study and perform. She was a member of PoMo CoMo (Postmodern Commotion), an artist and scientist collection that toured Canada, the US and Europe, including Ars Electronica, the Austrian cultural, educational and scientific institute for new media art.

Kelly has produced and directed several dance films that are shown internationally, and has been traveling as an invited speaker to dance film festivals since leaving DCW in 2009. Hargraves has been a board member of the Silver Lake Film Festival and the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival. She has also worked with film distributors such as First Run Features, Film Movement, Icarus Film and performing art venues such as CAP UCLA and REDCAT, where she currently runs the Marketing and Media Relations department.

JOURNALISM
– On-air Host/Producer, CKUT–FM Community Radio, Montréal
– On-air Host/Producer, CJAM–FM Community Radio, Windsor–Detroit
– Producer/Editor, RADIA, Banff Centre For The Arts
– Arts Reviewer, Eye Spy LA, Dance Insider, Ballet–Tanz International, Dance on Camera News, Danceonline.com, Campus Circle Magazine, Cover Magazine, Dance Connection Magazine

LECTURES, JURIES and PANELS

Guest Lecturer, ScreenDance Winnipeg, Manitoba, 2016
– Panel Director, Cinedanse Festival, Montréal, 2012
– Jury Member, Dance For Camera Panel, Experimental Media and Performing Arts      Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, 2009
– Guest Artist, Cohen Festival of New Theater Works, University of Texas, Austin, 2009
– Guest Lecturer, SHOOT Dance for Screen Festival, Stockholm, 2008
– Panel Host, Dance on Camera Festival, Lincoln Center Film Society, New York, 2007
– Workshop Director, Festival VideoDanza, Buenos Aires, 2006
– Workshop Director/Curator, Dance for Camera Workshop, Victoria, 2006
– Panel Host, American Dance Festival, Screen Dance Conference, Durham, 2006
– Panel Guest, National Arts Critics Association Conference, Los Angeles, 2005
– Visiting Artist, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, 2004
– Guest Lecturer, Panel Moderator, Moving Pictures Festival, Toronto, 2003
– Guest Lecturer, Dance on Camera Festival, New York, 2000,
– Guest Lecturer, American Dance History, Concordia University, Montréal, 2000
– Jury Member, Dance on Camera Festival, Lincoln Center Film Society, New York, 1997–98

RELATED EXPERIENCE
– Canadian Film/Video Bibliography, Researcher, 1990–1991
– PoMo CoMo Technological Theatre, Administrator/Tour Organizer, 1990–1995
– Gina Lori Riley Dance Enterprises, Company Manager, 1985–1990

EDUCATION
– New York University’s Gallatin School – M.A., Film/Dance Theory
– Concordia University, Montréal, Canada – B.F.A., Contemporary Dance/Theater History
– University of Windsor, Canada – B.A., Communications

GRANTS AND AWARDS:

–ARC, Durfee Foundation, Cargo, 2009

–Canada Council for the Arts – Dance Section, Travel Grants, 2009-2017

–NFB Creation Grant, Dis, a choreographed film, 1994

–Employment & Immigration Canada, Dis, A choreographed Film, 1994

–The Canada Council Media Arts, PoMo Como’s Immediacy, 1991

–Quebec Dept. of Recreation & Leisure, Brouhaha Documentary, 1990