Kellee McQuinn

KidTribe’s founder and visionary, Kellee is nicknamed “the Pied Piper with a Boom Box” by the LA Times. Lovingly known as “Miss Kellee” by her enormous tribe of kids, she wears many hats and they are always color coordinated with her shirt.

The creative force behind the company, Kellee writes, directs, choreographs, and produces all KidTribe’s music, videos, and musicals. Her unique talent is in her ability to translate “boring” subjects into kids’ vernacular, humor, and interests. On the educational front she authors KidTribe’s curricula, which seamlessly blends the arts, physical activity, and life skills into core academics.

Feeling most at home on a stage in front of 500 – 15,000 kids, Kellee is an energetic entertainer. Also an inspiring and

powerful speaker, she key-notes for many prestigious national and state-wide education, obesity, health, and youth conferences. She’s been featured on ABC News, BBC News, KTLA News, PBS, Discovery Kids, NASA TV, Exercise TV, and Scottish TV. And you may have seen her in a recurring role as her happy, healthy self on the Emmy nominated preschool show “Hip Hop Harry.”

A true advocate for education, after-school programs, and the health of youth and families, Ms. McQuinn plays an active role in advocacy work and legislation at both state and federal levels. She is a key member for several collaboratives, task forces, and initiatives.

Dancing since she was in the womb, Kellee hails from New Jersey and is the daughter of a successful dance teacher and musical theater director. Having the good fortune to grow up with a dance studio in her home, she understood from an early age the power that music and movement have on one’s esteem and healthy self-image. At the age of fourteen, she began to teach at her mother’s studio and after studying with top choreographers in NY, she headed to Colorado State University to explore her love of nature and philosophy. It was there that she began her studies for child development and dance therapy. Caught by “the bug,” Kellee migrated west after college to pursue fame and fortune. While studying acting with master artists, she was featured in several television shows, national commercials, and Equity theatre productions. But then came 9-11… and Kellee took a long, honest look at her life. Re-inspired and re-committed to making difference in the world, she returned to her roots… dancing with kids.

Kellee resides in Venice, CA with her dog, Bear. When she’s not being Peter Pan, she enjoys writing, dancing, hiking, going to the theater, shoe shopping, text messaging, traveling, sipping on green tea and sharing a hearty laugh with friends.

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