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Chelsea Massey

Faculty: Jazz and Tap

HCD Dance

Hartt Community Division
860.768.6000 HPAC

Chelsea Massey began her technical dance training in Staunton, Virginia at Valley Dance Theater under the direction of Kimberly Field. Her passion for all dance forms was enriched with training under the guidance of dance masters such as Frank Hatchett, Joshua Bergasse, Dustin Phillips, and Tony Vitale, enabling her to become proficient in jazz, lyrical, hip hop, ballet, modern, and tap. During her time in high school, she also completed the Royal Academy of Dance curriculum and attended the Governor’s School for the Performing Arts.

Her studies continued at Shenandoah University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance and a BFA in Dance Education, earning her a Virginia State Teaching License in Dance. She has toured her own choreography in Macedonia, Greece, New York, Pennsylvania, and the Cataluyna Region of Spain. Chelsea has also been commissioned to choreograph works for various individuals among which have been a Miss Virginia pageant contestant, many competition solos, and several groups participating in regional charity events.

Most recently, Chelsea received her MFA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College under the direction of Sara Rudner. Her thesis work focused on movement empowerment, authentic musicality, and improvisational storytelling. Along with her ongoing creative projects and endeavors, Chelsea finds shaping creative artists to be an enticing challenge and loves using movement and dance as her educational outreach initiative.