Kelsey is a Chapman University graduate as of May of 2016, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance. During her time there, she had the pleasure of working under instructors/choreographers such as, Sean Green, William Johnston, Liz Maxwell, Amanda White, Jennifer Backhaus, Holly Johnston, Charles Maple, Alicia Guy, Dale Merrill, Lawrence Rosenberg, Brandee Lara, and Melaina Larson among many other great teachers. In her 2 years at Chapman she trained extensively in modern, ballet, jazz, tap, ballroom, hip hop, and west coast swing dance styles.
In 2015, Kelsey was inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts through the National Dance Education Organization and graduated with honors through NDEO. Kelsey is currently the resident choreographer for the International Baccalaureate Dance program at Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix, Arizona. She has been teaching and choreographing at Barry Goldwater for the past 12 years.
In 2016 she founded the Barry Goldwater Alumni Dance Alliance for dancers to continue to train, take classes, and still be inspired by dance even after high school. Kelsey is also a dance instructor at Creative Edge Dance and Cannedy Performing Arts in Phoenix, AZ where she teaches a variety of different styles of dance. Kelsey previously danced with the Phoenix based professional modern dance company, Center Dance Ensemble for 5 years before she got accepted to Chapman University. Kelsey currently dances for three professional dance companies in the valley which include, Center Dance Ensemble, CaZo Dance, and Rosencrans Dance. Scottsdale School of Ballet is happy to have Kelsey on faculty for the 2018-2019 season.
After graduation, he danced professionally with Danza Abierta Company for three years and in 2013, Joan accepted a position with the Malpaso Dance Company in Havana. Here he worked under the tutelage Osnel Delgado, resident choreographer and artistic director of company.
He has since had the opportunity to dance at the Joyce Theater and Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts and has also worked with choreographers such as Trey McIntyre, Ron K Brown and many others.
In April 2016, Joan decided to make a major life change and moved to the United States. He has been working with Convergence Ballet Company, CONDER/dance and joined Stilo Dance Company as artistic director and choreographer. Scottsdale School of Ballet is honored to have him on the faculty of our school.