Kelsey Kempner is a dancer, researcher, choreographer, and teacher. In 2019, Kelsey graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. Kelsey’s interests lie in intriguing performance, thought provoking work, and in the intersection of dance and neuroscience. In her career, Kelsey has trained in a variety of techniques with Eddie Taketa, Daniel Roberts, Crystal Michelle Perkins, Susan Petry, Cherrise Wakeham, and Susan Hadley. She has performed in various works for the Ohio State Dance Department, in Brazil with the Brazil Dance touring company, in an opera with Opera Columbus, in the Capezio Ace Award’s Show with Cherrise Wakeham, in a variety of dance films, and most recently in Ann Carlson’s latest installation of Symphonic Body.

Growing up in metro Atlanta, Kelsey took her very first dance class with Miss Heather Wayne at the age of 3. She was 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. 

In addition to her dance training, Kelsey has expressed leadership by bringing One Love, a national anti-domestic violence organization, to Ohio State University. In 2019, Kelsey was awarded the 2019 Unsung Hero Award by the One Love foundation for her work educating over 700 students on healthy versus unhealthy relationships.

As far as Kelsey’s research, her main area of interest is between dance and developmental disorders. Kelsey led a study entitled Dance as a Physical Training for Autism and Other Developmental Disorders where she researched the effects of creative movement on the deficits in motor activity of children with developmental disorders. Through her study, she found that dance had the possibility of creating gains in body awareness and balance in children with developmental disorders. She presented this work at the OSU Spring Undergraduate Research Festival and plans to continue this research in the future.