An Atlanta native, Nneka began her dance training at the age of ten in Folade Na Weusi African Dance Ensemble under the direction of Akilah Issa. She later studied under the direction of Nina Gilreath and Waverly Lucas at Ballethnic Academy of Dance where she enjoyed performing the role of Wild Dog, Zebra, and African Village youth in Ballethnic’s signature ballet, The Leopard’s Tale. In 2002 she was awarded full scholarship to attend the Fa Nyere Fa African Dance Conference and served as an apprentice under master Congolese dancer Mabiba Baegna. Nneka has trained extensively at many dance festivals such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the American Dance Festival, as well as Evidence a Dance Co. in partnership with Medger Ever’s College. Throughout her collegiate years she danced at the American College Dance Festival. Ms. Kelly is a graduate of Spelman College with a Bachelor’s degree in Theater concentration in Dance Theater. At Spelman College she was a member of Spelman Dance Theatre under the direction of T. Lang and has enjoyed working with and performing works choreographed by T. Lang, Juel Lane, Kathleen Wessel, Daryl Foster, and Omelika Kuumba. Nneka served as a dancer in Chuck Davis’ African American Dance Ensemble where she toured the United States teaching master classes and performing. In August 2009 Ms. Kelly joined Giwayen Mata. Nneka is excited and blessed to be where she is and thanks her friends and family for all of their support.