OVER 25 YEARS LEADING MOVEMENT AND MIND-BODY PRACTICES
CONSULTING TO CORPORATIONS
CHOREOGRAPHING & PRESENTING ON TELEVISION AND STAGE
BASIC OVERVIEW - Kele competed as an amateur and professional ballroom dancer in the USA, but her passion for teaching - helping students achieve, have fun and grow in confidence through the joy of dance - has led her to work with a diverse range of pupils including corporate clients, university dancers, hobbyists and medallists.
Dance Program & Studio Director
Kele has extensive dance teaching experience. For over a decade, she was co-director of London’s elegant Kensington Dance Studio. She has also taught lessons, classes, courses and master classes for numerous schools, colleges and corporate clients, including LAMDA, London Studio Centre, London School of Musical Theatre, Oxford University Dancesport Society, Royal Shakespeare Company and BBC Worldwide.
Kele competed as an amateur and professional ballroom dancer in the USA, but her passion for teaching - helping students achieve, have fun and grow in confidence through the joy of dance - has led her to work with a diverse range of pupils including corporate clients, university dancers, hobbyists and medallists.
Reference to The BodyHoliday
KENSINGTON DANCE STUDIO
For over a decade, Kele was co-director of London’s elegant Kensington Dance Studio.
THE POLISH CLUB
TYPES OF STUDENTS & CLASSES/LESSONS
SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES
She has also taught lessons, classes, courses and master classes for numerous schools, colleges and corporate clients, including LAMDA, London Studio Centre, London School of Musical Theatre, Oxford University Dancesport Society
Royal Shakespeare Company - dance courses for all members - both projects
BBC Worldwide - choreographing and coaching for Strictly-type event
THE BODY HOLIDAY LeSPORT
Meet Tracey and Lance. When they went to The BodyHoliday LeSPORT for a relaxing get-fit break in 2013, they had no idea how their lives would be transformed. They had a go at a few of Kele's Jive June® classes and presto! They got hooked on dance. Now back at home in the UK, Tracey and Lance attend Argentine tango classes twice a week, and love sharing with each other the fun of learning and the joy of dance.
Kele is thrilled to teach ballroom, Latin, Argentine tango and chi gong at the multi-award-winning spa resort The BodyHoliday LeSPORT in St. Lucia. Kele also helps the activities staff deliver ongoing jive and salsa classes as part of the resort's year-round activities schedule.
Situated on the Caribbean side of the beautiful island of St. Lucia, The BodyHoliday offers delicious, healthy menus, sport and fitness activities and a daily spa treatment, as well as rest and relaxation on their private white sand beach.
In 2013 the resort launched Jive June, an inspiring and motivating month dedicated to dance classes and activities. Due to the popularity of Jive June's extensive class schedule, Latin and Rock 'n' Roll dance evenings and individual lesson offerings, Jive June will be back at The BodyHoliday in 2015. Contact Kele to learn more, and be sure to ask about preferential guest room rates.
Television and stage in the UK, working with celebrities on the UK's top-rated TV show
Kele has made many media appearances on television and radio, and has been a featured expert in the book REAL AMBITION (Psychologies, published by ???).
Dancing on Ice (ITV), Travels With My Tutu (Paladin Productions - BBC), The Dancer’s Body (BBC), Would Like To Meet (BBC), Tell It To Me Straight (Channel 4), Diet On The Dance Floor (Mentorn - Living TV), Bump 'n' Grind 2 (Princess Productions - Trouble TV), Wedding TV, BBC News 24, BBC London, London Tonight (ITV)
Dancing Times magazine - SHOW ARTICLE
Dance Today magazine - A Lesson in Chemistry, Holding Out for a Hero, Let's Face the Music, Dancing Backwards in High Heels, Dance for Joy, Dancing in the Streets, All the World's a Stage (by Marianka Swain - click here for her website); Jive & Jam Tarts (by Kele Baker); Secrets of a Strictly Choreographer, Strictly Step-by-Step (by Carole Edrich - click here for her photo blog); Dance Seduction (by Lee Knights) - (click here to subscribe to Dance Today)
Guernsey Press - Strictly for Islanders (by Martyn Tolcher, Mar. 2013)
Country Life - Strictly Come Dancing Meets Sartre (by Marianka Swain, Aug. 2009)
Other Publications: Financial Times' "How To Spend It", The Times' "Weekend", Director magazine, Dance Gazette (RAD)
Featured expert in Real Ambition (Psychologies magazine & Wiley ___, publishers)
The Tango Lesson (writer/director Sally Potter), Let It Be Me (writer/director Eleanor Bergstein)
BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC London, BBC Southern Counties, BBC Guernsey, BBC Wales, LBC 97.3 and 1152, Heart FM, MKFM, Secklow Sounds
Education & Training
Attended The Dalton School in NYC
Graduated with BSc from Northwestern University (School of Communication)
Post-graduate studies at London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA)
Ballroom Dancing - ISTD, IDTA
Qigong & Tai Chi - Holden Qigong, IIQTC