Kristen will be graduating in May earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance at The College at Brockport State University.
At the College Kristen is very involved and is the Co-Captain of The Brockport Dance Team who performs at home sporting events.
She also recently had the opportunity to take class from and be in the new work for Falcon Dance under Britt Falcon. Kristen also has had the opportunity to work closely with and be in the works of Juanita Suarez, Stevie Oakes, Jennifer Weber and Darwin Prioleau.
She is a member of The Chamber Ballet Brockport under director Jennifer Weber, a performance ballet ensemble. Within this company Kristen has had the opportunity to work with guest artists, further her ballet training and perform at nursing homes and elementary schools in the Rochester area.
Prior to studying dance at the college, she received her early dance training at Michelle Buschner School of Dance/Perinton Dance Company under director Michelle Buschner, and Pittsford Dance Studio under director Brenda Bobby. Here she has had the opportunity to be in the works of Tony Bellissimo, Ivan Koumaev and James Washington.
Along with studio training she also participated in a four-year dance program at The Aquinas Institute of Rochester under Donna Brett where she had the opportunity to perform self-choreographed solos and learn techniques of many modern dance figures.
Outside of the academic field Kristen has had the opportunity to perform in the Rochester Fringe Festival at The School of the Arts, The Gay Men’s Choir at Hochstein School of Music and was a member of The Rochester Lancer Dancers for the 2107 and 2018 seasons. With this dance team she performed at the Lancer Men’s Soccer games at Marina Auto Stadium.
Kristen has also been teaching all throughout the area of Rochester since 2014. She teaches during the dance season, master classes, summer intensives and sets choreography at various studios.
Kelsey has been dancing since the age of two and competitively since the age of five. She started her training at Michelle Buschner School of Dance/Perinton Dance Company under director Michelle Buschner, moved onto Pittsford Dance Studio under director Brenda Bobby. Here she had the opportunity to be in the works of James Washington. Kelsey finished her studio training at Spins Dance Studio under director Cheryl Flanigan.
To further her training, Kelsey participated in dance at The Aquinas Institute of Rochester. From both Donna Brett and Allison Thomashefski, Kelsey learned of various elements of dance, including choreography and history through learning about modern figures and different dance cultures. Kelsey was able to excel in choreography by performing various self-choreographed solos over the four years in the program at Aquinas dance concerts. Aquinas also gave her various performance opportunities including a collaboration with students from The College at Brockport in their Chamber Ballet Show, as well as a performance affiliated with the University of Rochester called Arts Move.
In 2018, Kelsey was inducted into The National Honors Society for Dance Arts, which is an honors society that recognizes students who excel in academics, leadership, and dance/arts. Since 2015, Kelsey has served as a substitute teacher for recreational, technique, and competition classes at various Rochester studios. Also, Kelsey was selected to dance for the Rochester Lancer Dancers in the 2017 and 2018 seasons. With this dance team she performed at the Lancer Men’s Soccer games at Marina Auto Stadium.
In May Kelsey will be completing her freshman year at the University at Buffalo where she has begun working toward her BFA in Dance.