Deirdre Kelly


Deirdre Kelly holds a Master’s degree in English from the University of Toronto. She has written on dance since 1985, starting as the award-winning dance critic for The Globe and Mail and continuing through today as dance correspondent for the Dance Gazette in London, Eng., and resident dance critic for the Toronto-based arts e-zine, Since 2001, she has been The Globe and Mail’s Style reporter and interior design columnist, reporting on fashion and lifestyle trends from New York, Paris and Milan. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed Ballerina: Sex, Scandal and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection (2012) and the highly successful memoir, Paris Times Eight (2009), both best-sellers. A contributor to the International Dictionary of Ballet (St. James Press) and AWOL: Tales for Travel-Inspired Minds (2003), she has written articles for Marie Claire, Vogue, Elle, Dance, Chatelaine, House & Home, Zoomer, Nuvo, Flare, Fashion, Saturday Night, Style Advisor and Interview magazines, among other publications. Married with two children, she lives in Toronto.

My approach to life:

Life, like dance, is beautiful but fleeting, so I’ve wanted to make my mark before I go:

Live life to the fullest, each day as if it were your last and with as few regrets as possible.

Push yourself, even when it hurts, to finish the race.

Take from life but give back to life with equal amounts of passion and commitment.

Show kindness and compoasion, doing unto others (as the Bible instructs) as you’d have done to you.

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