During her time at the University of Michigan, Kelly researched the impact of Flow, the psychological concept of optimal experience developed by Mihaly Csikszentmihaly and fascia within dance training. Her aim is to layer these psychological and biological approaches to dance training in order to increase motivation in the classroom as well as enhance artistry in performance. The addition of these two perspectives offers all dancers skills to improve their performance, increase physical capacity/technical ability through therapeutic dance training, and increase the dancer's self-motivation to train at high intensity. While attaining her M.F.A., she also studied in the School of Education and Psychology and was Influenced by the many theories incorporated into primary school and STEM studies as well as methods to create inclusive learning environments. Mostly inspired by mastery-goal theory, Hirina takes an approach in training within the classroom, rehearsal space and performance that focuses on process and appreciation for learning.
Throughout her extensive career, Kelly Hirina has taught material from a variety of performances at festivals and workshops around the world. Her main goal is to continue teaching and coaching the new generation of dancers to go on and pursue successful careers in dance.
Advanced Modern Dance for BFA Students