Deirdre Kelly is a Toronto-based author, dance critic and investigative reporter with a focus on the arts and popular culture. She writes regularly for Dance Magazine in New York, Dance Gazette in London, and NUVO in Vancouver, and is a contributor to the International Dictionary of Ballet (St. James Press) and AWOL: Tales for Travel-Inspired Minds (Vintage Books).
A staff writer at The Globe and Mail for 32 years, she was her newspaper’s award-winning dance critic, from 1985 until 2001, before transitioning to the Style section as its senior fashion reporter in Milan, Paris, New York and cities across Canada. A National Newspaper Award finalist in the category of feature writing, she also reported on pop music, international art crime, the Yugoslav wars, the 9/11 New York terrorist attacks, and labour issues involving prominent dancers at the National Ballet of Canada. As interim cultural bureau chief in Montreal, she covered the arts in Quebec and Eastern Canada and wrote a popular weekly column for the Entertainment section. In 2017, she left The Globe and Mail to become Editor of Toronto’s The York University Magazine.
The best-selling author of Paris Times Eight and Ballerina: Sex, Scandal and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection, she has also written for a wide range of international titles, including Marie Claire in London, Elle in New York and Vogue in Australia. A two-time recipient of the Nathan Cohen Award for Excellence in Theatre Criticism (2020 and 2014) for her dance writing, she is presently at work on her next book, an examination of The Beatles and their influence on fashion.