I began my dance training at 8 years old at The Dance Factory in Wisconsin, where I studied ballet, pointe, modern dance, and jazz dance. I continued my dance training at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where I was awarded several dance scholarships. In 2018, I graduated summa cum laude with a BFA double major in Contemporary Dance Performance & Choreography/Psychology. After graduation, I completed a Meisner technique training program at The Acting Studio in New York City, NY. I am currently a company dancer with Columbus Modern (CoMo) Dance Company and Hixon Dance in Columbus, OH. Additionally, I performed with Quasimondo Milwaukee Physical Theatre and Gina Laurenzi Dance Collective for two seasons, and had the pleasure of working with choreographers Maria Gillespie/Hyperlocal MKE, Peter Stathas/Peter Stathas Dance, and Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Dance Group- to name a few. I am also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200), and continue to build upon my dance practice, teachings, and lifestyle based on yogic philosophies. As an independent choreographer, my work is grounded in the intention of generating both new and familiar moments of empathy in myself and others. I have choreographed for films and music videos, and my work has been selected to present at Milwaukee Fringe Festival, Cleveland Dance Festival, Area Choreographers Festival (Cincinnati), PrideFest Milwaukee, dotdotdot: INDULGENCE, and Danceworks’ DanceLAB series. In 2020, I received an Artist Opportunity Grant from Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District that fully funded my trip to the Winter Artist Exchange at Ponderosa in Stolzenhagen, Germany.
IN THE NEWS
"...Kelsey Lee in a central role gave exemplary performances, watching, shaking, reaching, running, rolling, holding [others], extricating themselves—not pretty or clever but immediate and true." - John Schneider, Shepherd Express
"...joined by dancer and choreographer Kelsey Lee... an intergalactic adventure... was captured on film..." -Tyler Maas, Milwaukee Record
"In Kelsey Lee’s funny-angry “Logged Out,” dancers spoke inanities and repeated deliberately truncated movements until Lee destroyed her cellphone with a hammer. "- John Schneider, Shepherd Express