A Lake Tahoe native, Kelsey spent her youth training in jazz and tap styles, performing in competitions and on cruise lines. After high school, she trained with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and spent two years performing with State Street Ballet’s apprentice company. Kelsey has spent summers training with Brenda Way, Twyla Tharp, Holly Johnston, Leah Cox, Shannon Gillen, Post Ballet, and others. She later received a BFA in dance performance at UC Irvine, where she received a research grant to tour internationally. She has performed works by Twyla Tharp, Autumn Eckman, Saleemah E. Knight, Chad Michael Hall, Brenda Way, and others. Kelsey has been a company member with Multiplex Dance, Brockus: RED, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, and Peter & Co., and has performed with Bellwether Dance Project and AXIS Dance Company as a guest artist. Kelsey is currently a member of ka·nei·see | collective and Alyssandra Katherine Dance Project.
Kelsey is currently a dance educator with ODC [San Francisco] and Spindrift School of Performing Arts. She is passionate about educating students in somatic and kinesiological awareness, while teaching proper technique and encouraging the students to be creative and inspired by movement.
Last year, Kelsey produced and choreographed a dance film, "Bloom", which made its way into film festivals. "Bloom" received an award for "Best Choreography" from the Saint Petersburg International Film Festival, and "Audience Choice Award" from Bright Ideas Film Festival.
Other than dance, Kelsey is a freelance photographer, with a focus in portrait and food photography. Click for portfolio >