Kelly Ashton Todd lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She is a native of Houston, TX, where she began her training in classical ballet at Festival Ballet and contemporary dance at Metropolitan Dance Company. Continuing her education, she received a BFA in Modern Dance from Texas Christian University and a Double Minor in Biology and Environmental Science.
Professionally, she has been featured in contemporary dance works by Robert Battle, Doris Humphrey, Kuperman Brothers, Sharon Eyal, zoe|juniper, Johannes Weiland, and Punchdrunk. She currently resides in NYC and performs with the critically-acclaimed, award winning off-broadway show Sleep No More. Along with performing, she also teaches Mindfulness, Environmental Science, Health and Wellness, and Sex Ed at Waterfront Montessori in Jersey City, NJ.
Todd’s choreography has been showcased nationally and internationally in Texas, New Mexico, California, Maine, New York, Germany, and Poland. She has been commissioned by renowned architect, Steven Holl and the critically-acclaimed immersive experience Meow Wolf. Todd has taken part in residencies through Arts on Site, Keshet Makers Space, and Open Wabi. She has been awarded the Brooklyn Arts Council Grant, Jerome Hill Foundation Finalist, F21 NYSCA in Media Grant, Puffin Foundation Grant, Walmart E-commerce, LEIMAY Fellowship, and the NYFA Fellowship in Choreography. Her environmental dance film series, Under Review, has won awards for Most Inspirational Film and Best Narrative and has attended over 12 film festivals nationally and internationally. Most recently, Under Review: Katahdin was awarded the New Vision award from the International Wildlife Film Festival. Her environmental dance activism has been curated into installations through the Human Impacts Institution and New York Restoration Project.