Kelly Hodge is a veteran dance teacher and owner of Ballare Dance Centre, a Diamond Certified company. She can be reached at (408) 622-0581 or by email.


Helpful Hints for Ballet Slippers

By Kelly Hodge of Ballare Dance Centre, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE − If your child is starting ballet classes, one of the first things you’ll need to do is purchase a pair of ballet slippers for them. You might assume ballet slippers are like any other type of footwear, but in…Read More

Video: What to Know About Ballet Slippers

With Kelly Hodge of Ballare Dance Centre, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE − Host, Sarah Rutan: If your child is new to ballet dancing, there are a few things you’ll want to know about their slippers. Today we’re in San Jose with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Kelly Hodge to learn more.

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Kelly Hodge: Dancing Into Success

  • Kelly Hodge is owner of Ballare Dance Centre.

  • Kelly with two of her long-time dancers, Alexis and Caydence, at a 2015 dance recital

  • Kelly and her tap competition team, Sadie and Katrin, displaying the awards they won at the 2016 Rainbow Competition.

  • Kelly's son, Joey, enjoying a day at the beach.

  • Kelly with her family at a Monster Truck rally at Levi's Stadium

  • Kelly with her husband, Tim, at a San Francisco Giants game

  • Kelly with her competition team and other Ballare dancers at the Revolution Talent Competition

  • Kelly and her family at Disneyland

  • Kelly and her family at Disneyland

Kelly Hodge: Dancing Into Success
“I’ve been dancing since I was three years old.”

SAN JOSE − A lifelong dance enthusiast, Kelly Hodge traded the competitive intensity of professional performance for a rewarding career as an instructor. “I’ve been dancing since I was three years old,” she says. “After college, I went to San Francisco to pursue a career as a performer, but I found the industry to be extremely competitive. After about a year, I decided I wasn’t suited for the cutthroat nature of the industry.” Despite losing her appetite for the rigors of performance, Kelly hoped to retain a livelihood connected to her lifelong passion. Fortunately, she was able to find a professional role more suited to her disposition. “I had previously taught dance during high school and enjoyed working with kids, so I decided to change my focus from performance to teaching.” Not long after re-entering the field of instruction, Kelly found an opportunity to open her own dance studio.

Today, as owner of Ballare Dance Centre, Kelly says one of her favorite parts of her job is seeing her choreography come to life. “I do all my own choreography, so I enjoy the process of bringing that to fruition. It’s very fulfilling to see my students take the vision I have and actually portray it through their movements on stage.”

A lifetime resident of San Jose (where she lives with her husband, Tim, and their son, Joey), Kelly appreciates the family-friendly feel of California’s third-largest city. “Besides my own family being here, whom I’m very close with, I feel like there’s a more family-centered vibe in the Silicon Valley nowadays. As for my studio, I try to maintain a family-oriented atmosphere and make things comfortable for my students and their parents.”

Outside of work, Kelly splits her free time between outdoor pursuits and at-home hobbies. “My family and I enjoy camping, going to the beach and taking our boat to local lakes,” she affirms. “I also do a lot of sewing, especially costumes, as well as baking.”

In regard to her professional career, Kelly says a crucial part of teaching children is building relationships. “One thing I’ve learned as an instructor is the importance of getting to know your dancers. Every child comes from a different background and circumstances, and every child learns differently, so you have to be sensitive to these things when working with them. I find the more I get to know my dancers and their families, the better I can understand and respond to their particular needs.”

When asked the first thing she’d do if she were to retire tomorrow, Kelly gives an unexpected reply. “I’d probably make dinner,” she laughs. “Only because I never do—I teach from four in the afternoon until nine at night, so it’s just not in my schedule.”

Ask me anything!
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?

A: Taqueria Tlaquepaque in San Jose.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to eat for dessert?

A: Chocolate.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?

A: Curl up on the couch with a cup of tea.

Q: What’s your favorite holiday?

A: Halloween.

Q: What was your favorite Halloween costume as a child?

A: One year, I was a peacock.

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