Kelsey Oliver began her journey of dance at the age of three starting at a local Austin studio, then dancing competitively on the Fusion Performance Company for 10 years. She trained in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Modern, Hip Hop, African Fusion, Contemporary, Clogging, Pointe, and Cecchetti as she received her Cecchetti Ballet Certification Grades I through VI and later received training in Floor Barre, Kick, Pilates, and Improv. Kelsey attended numerous conventions receiving scholarships at NYCDA, NUVO, WCDE, Adrenaline, LADM, Co.Dance, Tremaine, Pulse, and Jump. She took theatre training for 4 years as she performed in many plays and musicals, being a part of the Bailey Theatre “All Star Cast” in 2006.
At Bowie High School, Kelsey was a part of the Silver Stars drill team becoming Junior Lieutenant her junior year and First Lieutenant her senior year. She was also a member of the Bowie Dance Company for 4 years, leading as Head Company Member for 2 years. These high school positions gave Kelsey significant opportunities to grow as a leader, performer, and choreographer. She has created pieces of several different styles and sizes ranging from solos to X-Large Team. At the age of 16, Kelsey started receiving choreography awards at Stage One and Talent on Parade for her work. She was awarded “Ms. Austin Showcase”, “Miss Hawaii”, and 1st Place Overall Senior Solo Winner at various competitions including Talent on Parade, Crowd Pleasers, American Dance/Drill Team, Westwood Dance Classic, Marching Auxiliaries, and ShowMakers. In 2010, Kelsey performed as a specialty dancer in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. She finished high school as a 13 year member of Girl Scouts and graduated a member of the National Honor Society in the top 5% of her class.
Kelsey is currently studying at The University of Texas at Austin, working towards a BFA in Dance, a BS in Advertising, and a Business Foundations Certificate. She is a member of the university’s Dance Action, choreographing and performing for their local shows in addition to spending time being a Young Life leader for McCallum High School. She is a 2 year member of the Reverence Dance Project performance company, a member of Third Coast Contemporary, and has furthered her 16 years of training by taking summer classes at LA’s Edge and Millennium as well as NYC’s Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, and Alvin Ailey. Kelsey has enjoyed instructing dance and mentoring aspiring dancers, passing on her passion to dancers of all ages. She loves teaching master classes and continues to choreograph and teach around Austin.