Sydney Opera House

Kelley Abbey


Kelley has been a leading performer and choreographer in TV, Film and Musical Theatre for the last 25 years.

Kelley won the Green Room, Mo and Variety Heart awards for her performance as the lead in Sweet Charity. She also won the Mo award for playing the lead in Fame the Musical which she also choreographed. In 2000 she won the Green Room award for her choreography in Fame and later restaged this show in Asia and South Africa. Then in 2010, she won the Helpmann award for a brand new version of Fame which she directed and choreographed. She will also choreograph Salome for Opera Australia later this year.

She has also played Rizzo in an arena production of Grease and later choreographed the stadium tour of Grease the Arena Spectacular. Other musicals Kelley has choreographed include Follies at the Opera House, Footloose and Hugh Jackman’s Boy From Oz in the Arena which she won a Helpmann Award along with Kenny Ortega.

She was honoured at the Choreography Media Honours in Los Angeles for her choreography in the Oscar winning feature Happy Feet. She was also head motion capture consultant on the film, ran penguin school and was the principal motion capture performer.

For film and television, Kelley was involved in choreographing the feature film In Her Skin starring Guy Pearce and Sam Neil in which she also played a small role. She was a guest choreographer for Channel 7’s Packed to the Rafters. Kelley was a special guest judge and choreographer on the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance Australia series 1,2 and 3, and choreographs for the So You Think You Can Dance franchise internationally. She also was chosen to represent Australia on the reality television show Superstars of Dance on the NBC Network. Most recently, she was the choreographer for Channel 10’s I Will Surive and will appear in ABC’s Dance Academy 3.

Kelley has also choreographed many music videos, pop concert tours, television commercials and awards specials.


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