Chelsea began dancing at the age of three after watching her sister dance for years. Chelsea started in jazz and tap but after graduating from the junior classes she progressed on to study other dance genres. She has trained in classical ballet, hip hop, character, lyrical and contemporary. Chelsea‘s love of classical ballet is now her main focus, this was nurtured and enhanced after attending the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive.
Chelsea is currently training at Newcastle Dance Academy under the guidance of Tracy Caldwell-Ostermann and Roxanne McCourtie. She attends the Hunter School of the Performing Arts (HSPA) and has been in the ITP with the Australian Ballet School for the past five years.
Chelsea has been a finalist in the Royal Academy of Dance Australia Joan and Monica Halliday Awards 2017-18 and the Isobel Anderson Memorial Awards in 2019.
She has attended the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive in 2018 in Connecticut and Queensland Ballet Academy Elite Summer School 2018 in Brisbane.
Chelsea has enjoyed many performing opportunities with Catapult and the Flipside Project under the directorship of Cadi McCarthy and was a featured dancer in the HSPA production of The Lion King Jr.
Christopher Powney first saw Chelsea dance at The Royal Ballet School Spring Intensive 2019.
On being named a Royal Ballet School International Scholar, Chelsea said:
‘I am so honoured to be able to further my education in classical ballet with such a prestigious school. I am really excited and looking forward to the training and opportunities that the programme will provide.’
Chelsea’s dance studio said:
‘It is an absolute honour that one of our students from Newcastle Dance Academy has been chosen as an International Scholar of The Royal Ballet School. We believe this is a wonderful reward for all of Chelsea’s hard work and dedication. We look forward to being part of this amazing opportunity and dance journey, sharing the love of this beautiful art form with her, supporting her and her dreams.’