BALLERINA - STILTWALKER - ACTRESS - SINGER - MFA
Kelsey began performing in San Diego at the age of three. She studied classical and contemporary ballet, pointe, pas de deux, modern, character, and voice for many years.
During high school, Kelsey sang with a competitive show choir and performed soloist and principal dance roles with Southern California Ballet. She graduated with honors marks from the Cecchetti Method of Ballet at Black Mountain Dance Centre and was a summer intensive scholar at Marin Dance Theatre, Ballet West Academy, and Houston Ballet Academy.
At age 17, Kelsey joined Houston Ballet II, performing featured roles in new works by Stanton Welch. In Houston, she received two awards from the NFAA and a scholarship from the Tiger Woods "Start Something" Foundation for her achievements in ballet. She then attended the University of Utah on a full scholarship, graduating with a BFA in Ballet in 2009. While in Utah, she performed principal roles with Utah Ballet taking her to Seoul and Tokyo for International Galas. In 2009, she and her dance partner were chosen to represent the College of Dance in an historic Goleizovsky pas de deux at Kingsbury Hall.
Kelsey has performed for five holiday seasons with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and three spring contracts with San Diego Opera. She has guested with Southern California Ballet as an alumna, performing works by Gregory Dawson of LINES Ballet; and her recent credits include work under the direction of Jodie Gates. In 2012, Ms. Ottley received her MFA in Dance from UC Irvine, where she was a Medici Scholar.
Kelsey is currently based in Kansas City as a freelance performer and master teacher. These days, she can be seen as a dancer and stilt performer for live and stage events; a model for Discount Dance Supply's specialty leotard collections, the ballerina in Of Mice & Men's "Would You Still be There?" music video; a professional-level ballet coach and choreographer; and a singer and actress for independent projects and events. She is passionate about artistic collaboration, and she hopes to continually find new ways of utilizing her talents within the industry.
Represented for all skills by Talent Unlimited in Kansas City and Midwest
Represented for dance by Go 2 Talent Agency, Los Angeles
Resident of Kansas City, Missouri