Faculty & Artists


Technique classes are taught under the instruction of RED Artistic Director Kelli Sanford who was the recipient of the “2016 Akron Arts Alive Award for Outstanding Artist in Dance.” Ms. Sanford holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Contemporary Dance from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from The University of Akron.

Ms. Sanford is currently a Part-Time Senior Lecturer in Dance at The University of Akron where she teaches Advanced Modern Technique and serves as the Touring Ensemble Director. Ms. Sanford’s past additional teaching positions include Adjunct Faculty Instructor at Kent State University Stark Campus, and  a Part-Time Lecturer in Dance at Case Western Reserve University from 2007-2011. During her graduate studies at Case Western Reserve University, Ms. Sanford received numerous awards in excellence in teaching, performing, theatrical elements, and was the 2007 recipient of the prestigious Pancoast Fellowship Award that enabled her to study Aboriginal culture and dance in Sydney and Adelaide, Australia. As an Assistant Lecturer at CWRU, she was nominated for “Excellence in Mentoring” and “Most Engaging Lecturer” Awards.

Ms. Sanford’s professional performing credits include featured dance soloist with Tikvah Company of Artists where she performed in Chicago, Cleveland, and Philadelphia. Ms. Sanford also performed with Opera Cleveland and Louder Than Words Dance Company. A leader and mentor in modern dance arts education, Ms. Sanford was the Lead Artist in Dance for the city of Akron’s Lock 3 Summer Arts Experience program from 2009-2011 for which she developed the first ever dance program for the SAE. In this program, she trained and mentored Akron high school students from various socio-economic backgrounds. Her choreography from this program was featured in the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival. Ms. Sanford served as the Dance Instructor for Ohio Ballet’s Turned Out Tikes Summer Children’s Program from 2002-2007. A seasoned and sought-after teacher of modern dance, Ms. Sanford also teaches modern dance technique at the School of Canton Ballet.

In 2012, Ms. Sanford presented a collaborative project, “From There to Here,” sponsored by The University of Akron, which she traveled to perform at the prestigious International University Global Theater Experience conference in Vienna, Austria. In 2014 she performed her dance work “SKINS” at the San Diego International Fringe Festival in San Diego, CA.

Ms. Sanford is a Certified Pilates mat and machine instructor, trained by Body Technic Systems Inc., and is the owner of PHYSIQUE KINETICS LLC where she offers personalized Pilates training. A fitness enthusiast,  Ms. Sanford enjoys a passion for bodybuilding. Ms. Sanford competed in the National Physique Committee (NPC) Natural Ohio Bodybuilding Championship on March 28, 2015 in Lakewood, OH, winning the title of OVERALL MASTERS WOMENS FIGURE CHAMPION. Most recently, Ms. Sanford competed in the Natural Muscle Association’s (NMA) Great Lakes Natural Bodybuilding Championships on April 22, 2017 in Erie, PA, where she won the title of OVERALL BIKINI CHAMPION and earned her official PRO-CARD STATUS in the NMA; as well as in the National Gym Association (NGA) Rocky’s NEO Pro/Am Natural Bodybuilding Competition where she won the title of OVERALL BIKINI CHAMPION, MOST FIT WOMAN, and 1ST PLACE OPEN FIGURE, earning her PRO-CARD STATUS in both Bikini and Figure.

Guest Artists

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