$6,000 will secure Kelsey’s airfare, housing, and help cover venue costs in Edinburgh.
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Kelsey is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico and grew up training at Alwin’s School of Dance. She graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in dance from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Kelsey has danced and performed 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, and with Moving People Dance Company at the Interdansa Dance Festival 2010 (Costa Brava, Spain). During this time Kelsey had the honor of performing in the ballets Don Quixote, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Spartacus, Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldate”, and Swan Lake. She was fortunate enough to perform in Russia, France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, New York, Chicago, and many other parts of the United States. She has worked with choreographers such as: Robert Battle, Ann Reinking, Lucas Crandall, Lar Lubavitch, Margo Sappington, Kevin O’Day, Alan Heinline, Joanie Smith, Frank Chavez, Melissa Thodos, Zac Whittenburg, Curtis Uhlmann, Robert Moses, Gail Gilbert, and many more. Kelsey has a passion for performing, teaching, and choreographing. She has been teaching dance to all ages for many years. Kelsey is currently a repertory dancer, teacher, and the Director of the Pre-Professional Program at Keshet Dance Company in addition to pursuing her MFA in dance at the University of New Mexico.