Raised in a lively, theatrical household in Oceanside, California Chelsea Elisabeth has found joy in utilizing movement as an alternative mode of communication from the time she was a child.
At the age of five she began receiving training in jazz, hip hop, and modern dance at Oceanside Dance Academy. She toured with the Vista High School Show Choir in 2004 and was a featured dancer in several performances in San Diego County. Chelsea received a BFA in Psychology and a BFA in Fine Arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she graduated with honors in 2011. During her time at UC Santa Cruz she received training in jazz, ballet, modern, and folk dance under the direction of Rena Cochlin, Lisa Norris, and Vicki Bergland.
Chelsea was honored with a nomination for a Modern Dance Independent Study with Rena Cochlin to be performed in the UC Santa Cruz 2011 Dance Repertory. Chelsea has also studied traditional Congolese dance and has worked under the direction of international dancer/ choreographer Vivien Bassouamina on collaborative projects featuring the dance style of Afro-modern.
Working under the mentorship of E.G. Crichton, Elliot Anderson, and Dee Hibbert-Jones, Chelsea was recognized for her artistic excellence and innovation, and was awarded the 2011 Irwin Scholarship, the most prestigious award UC Santa Cruz offers for undergraduate artists. Using her series Two Sisters, One Womb as a platform for challenging notions of racial identity, Chelsea incorporated sculptural installation, video/ sound, participatory performance, and workshops that utilized somatic therapy as a form of conflict resolution. She performed her solo piece I AM Not, Therefore I AM, at the Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery 25th Anniversary Event.
Her facilitation of public performances, creative protests, and workshops utilizing movement, has allowed Chelsea to passionately integrate her commitment to political activism, social psychology, and intermedia/ performing arts.