Keltie Collins and has been a valuable source of dance education and direction in greater Kennebec County for more than forty years. She founded Kennebec Dance Centre in 1973 and was the owner and artistic director until September 2016, when she decided she was ready to retire from the administrative part of the business to spend more time with her family. Keltie “passed the torch” to new owners Renee and Jason Black but she continues to teach and inspire dancers as a valued member of KDC’s artistic faculty.
At the age of three, Keltie began taking dance classes from her two older sisters and later expanded the family-owned business from what once was once a recreational program, to a program where both recreational and more serious students could pursue dance as a professional career.
Working with dancers is a passion for Keltie and her expertise extends beyond the dance studio. Community is very important to her, and she enjoys choreographing for area high school productions and musical theater groups around the state. Keltie is also an audition choreographer for interns at Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick, Maine.
Guest teaching around New England, at other dance studios and dance conventions, and judging out-of-state competitions are just a few of her many accomplishments. Keltie is most proud of her original vision, choreography and production of KDC’s Tap Nutcracker, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in December 2016.
In 2012, the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce presented Keltie with the prestigious Presidents Award for her excellence in dance training, business expansion and construction of KDC’s state-of-the-art dance center, from which thousands of local students have benefited.
Keltie’s greatest passion in her work is to instill life-long lessons, respect, style, and grace to her students. She is proud of those who have gone on to New York City dance fame and beyond, but equally proud of those who simply acquired her love for dance.