Kiara Nicole Ely, better known as “Kiki” is originally from Atlanta, Georgia where she began studying dance at the age of 6. She studied all styles of dance from Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, and African at Spelman College and Ballethnic Dance Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. Kiki then continued her dancing at Southern University A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she was a member of the SU Dancing Dolls for 4 years and Captain her last year. After graduating cum laude from Southern University (2000), with a B.S. Degree in Chemistry, her heart led her to a career as a professional dancer/Choreographer. She auditioned and made the 2000 Atlanta Hawks Dance Team and it was then she was introduced to Hip-Hop. The following year (2001) she became one of the Atlanta Hawks Dance Team Choreographers. Kiki was then offered an opportunity of a lifetime. To be one of the principal dancers and Assistant Choreographers in the 20th Century FOX Film DRUMLINE, starring Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana, and Orlando Jones. Music Producer Dallas Austin served as the Executive Producer to the movie. After that life changing experience, her love for dance, drive and determination led her to Los Angeles, so she packed her bags and moved to California in Spring 2002, where she was signed immediately to BLOC Dance Agency.
Since moving to Los Angeles, Kiki has been non-stop. She completed the 2006-2007 BACK TO BASICS WORLD TOUR with the talented CHRISTINA AGUILERA. She has toured with Christina Aguilera, Ciara, Christina Milian, & Brooke Valentine just to name a few all over Europe, Asia, & Australia, even visiting the countries of South Africa, Nigeria, Mozambique in Africa. She has performed on just about every television show including THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW, America’s Got Talent, Nickelodeon’s THE FRESH BEAT BAND, Lopez Tonight, Dancing With the Stars, Greek, So You Think You Can Dance, Grammy’s, MTV VMA’s, MTV Movie Awards, Regis & Kelly, 106th & Park, Good Morning America, Mad TV, MTV TRL, Jay Leno, Dick Clark’s Rockin New Years Eve, Soul Train, Vibe Awards, American Music Awards, The Today Show, BET Awards, NRJ Awards, with artists ranging from Nicki Minaj, Diddy Dirty Money, Ester Dean, Ludacris, Mariah Carey, Keri Hilson, John Legend, Fergie, Usher, Gnarls Barkely, Melanie Fiona, Snoop Dogg, Ashanti, Ricky Martin, Lil Kim, Missy Elliott, Blaque, Joe, Ne-Yo, Nelly, Lloyd, Tami Chynn, Craig David, Paula Deanda, & Queen Laifah. Other films include Dance Flick, 17 Again, Christina Aguilera Back to Basics Tour Live & Down Under, Stomp The Yard 1 & 2, & Drumline. She filmed the movies “FOOTLOOSE” & “A CINDERELLA STORY” released in 2012 . She also toured AUSTRALIA & SOUTH AFRICA with superstar CIARA as Asst. Choreographer & Lead Dancer and toured with Christina Aguilera in Spain & Hong Kong.