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chelsea hilding, M.F.A.

 
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Chelsea Hilding, M.F.A. is a teacher, choreographer, and life-long dance enthusiast and learner. She received her M.F.A. in Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she was honored with the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Associate award for the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Kristina Larson Graduate Dance Fund Award, the CVPA Summer Research Grant, and the Cone Award for Special Projects in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  She hails from Brattleboro, VT where she was educated in dance at Brattleboro School of Dance and the Windham Regional Career Center Performing Arts Dance Program with Kathleen Keller, Allison Mott, Holly Johnson, Jane LoMonaco, Pascal Benichou, Shannon McGough, Kalya Yannatos, Patricia Wilson, and many others. She has trained in summer intensives including Briansky Saratoga Ballet, and Burklyn Ballet Theatre where she performed in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


Chelsea is the former owner and founder of Screen Door Dance Room LLC, a dance studio for adult dancers ranging from beginner to professional in Jacksonville, Florida. She is a former company dancer for repertory company Jacksonville Dance Theatre where she performed in works by Rebecca R. Levy, Tiffany Sanitero, Lisa D. Long, Dmitri Peskov, James Morrow, Brian Palmer, Mikey Rioux, James Boyd and more. She has taught and choreographed for studios including Greensboro Performing Arts, Dance Project at Greensboro Cultural Center, Ballet Arts Centre, St. Augustine Ballet, and Abella’s School of Dance under Luis Abella. She was the founder of the St. Augustine Dance Teacher’s Guild and was Artistic Director for Braided Light Dance Project, a 501c3 non-profit dance organization focusing on site-specific, collaborative works and community outreach.  As a teacher, Chelsea aims to foster a safe and welcoming dance classroom that promotes dancers’ explorations of individual artistry and unique sensory experiences while being part of a supportive community.

Chelsea is a certified Pilates instructor through Balanced Body University, an RYT-200 yoga instructor, and is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique.


Chelsea is excited to begin her Ph.D. in Dance Studies at Texas Woman's University this summer. 

 
 
"Ballet is Women" (2022)
"Ballet is Women" (2022)
"Ballet is Women" (2022)
"Ballet is Women" (2022)
Midsummer (2014)
Nutcracker (2013)
Nutcracker (2013)
JDT Duets
BraidedLight
Screen Door
Jacksonville Dance Theatre
Midsummer (2013)
"Ballet is Women" (2022)
Screen Door
"Ballet is Women" (2022)
 

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