Kelsey Kempner is an 19 year old honors student currently pursuing a BFA in dance and a BS in neuroscience at The Ohio State
University. Growing up in metro Atlanta, Kelsey took her very first dance class with Miss Heather Wayne at the age of 3. She has been a member of the Heather Wayne’s Dance Company for 11 years, training under the direction of Heather Wayne, Jessie Johnston Carmon, Melody Mills, Noel Dupuis, and Lonnie E. Davis Jr. As a member of this pre-professional company, Kelsey performed in a wide variety of settings in the genres of ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, contemporary, tap, musical theater, and hip-hop. Kelsey has also worked very closely and one on one with many choreographers, such as Will Wingfield, Monique Borromeo, Jessica King, Talia Favia, David Rosetti, and Cherrise Wakeham. To further her training, Kelsey has attended multiple intensives including Atlanta Ballet, Florida State, and the Joffrey ballet.
In 2015, Kelsey graduated from Mill Creek High School in the top 1% of her class. In the summer of 2015, Kelsey auditioned and was invited to guest perform with the Cherrise Wakeham’s Atlanta based contemporary company ,Project 7, in their summer Los Angeles show. Kelsey was a featured performer in Project 7’s LA show “SHE” where she was in multiple contemporary and musical theater pieces. In addition to performing in the show “SHE”, Kelsey and Project 7 were also invited to perform the opening number for the 2015 Capezio Ace Awards Show.
Since being at Ohio State, Kelsey was cast into guest choreographer Chien-Ying Wang’s repertory piece, “Benevolence.” This piece was performed in the Winter Concert for the OSU Dance Department. She was also awarded two academic scholarships as well as a dance scholarship. In addition to being involved with her academic studies, Kelsey has expressed leadership by bringing One Love, a national anti-domestic violence organization, to OSU. Kelsey is the campus leader for One Love at OSU. Most recently, Kelsey has worked as a research assisstant to Dr. Madeline Hackney on her Neuro/Dance research at Emory University.