Dancers Before Choreography
Chelsea Hilding (Greensboro, NC): is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and life-long dance enthusiast and learner. She is currently an MFA Dance student and Graduate Teaching Associate at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She is a recipient of the CVPA 2020 summer research stipend, which has allowed her to deepen her research on inclusivity in ballet pedagogy. 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 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.