Kelsey Paschich is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of New Mexico and was the recipient of the Dizzy Feet Foundation Gene Kelly Legacy Scholarship. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Point Park University in 2004.
Kelsey recently attended the One Body One Career professional workshop in Melbourne, Australia and received her Countertechnique® Teacher Certification through the teacher training with founder Anouk van Dijk. Kelsey has performed extensively with: The Moscow State Classical Ballet (Moscow, Russia), DCDC2 (Dayton, Ohio), Thodos Dance Chicago (Chicago, IL), River North Chicago Dance Company (Chicago, IL), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Interdansa Dance Festival 2010 (Costa Brava, Spain), Keshet Dance Company (Albuquerque, NM), ARCOS Dance (founding member Santa Fe, NM) in Austin, TX and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014, and the Hannibal Project in Solden, Austria 2015. She has worked with choreographers such as: Robert Battle, Carla Maxwell, Ann Reinking, Lucas Crandall, Lar Lubavitch, Tamir Ginz, Margo Sappington, Kevin O’ Day, Alan Heinline, Joanie Smith, Frank Chavez, Melissa Thodos, Zac Whittenburg, Curtis Uhlemann, Robert Moses, Gail Gilbert, Donna Jewell, Erika Pujic and many more. Kelsey has been teaching dance for over fifteen years and continues throughout New Mexico and abroad.
Kelsey is a founding member and Co-Director of SHIFT | DANCE, a collective dedicated to creating and elevating professional contemporary dance in Albuquerque. The company has become a choreographic incubator for the resident choreographers and invited guests, to experiment and foster risk-taking in exploratory performance research.