Education: BS in Event Management with a minor in dance from Iowa State University
Year Joined: 2020
Classes Taught: Beginning Tap, Intermediate/Advanced Tap
Kelsey Warfield began dancing at age eight at The Dance Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa. For 11 years, her training there included tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, pom, hip hop, and pointe. After joining the competition team in 8th grade, Kelsey became a very involved Student Teacher, and took every opportunity to learn; including conventions, master classes, and trips to The EDGE in Los Angeles, and Steps on Broadway in New York City.
After graduating from Norwalk High School in 2014, Kelsey attended Iowa State University for Event Management, and added a Dance Minor. She performed with Orchesis II, and TAP ISU, also holding cabinet positions and choreographing. Her course work expanded upon the foundations of dance to include modern dance, dance history, dance composition, and fundamentals of teaching under the instruction and mentorship of Janice Baker. Kelsey remained involved with dance in Des Moines as well, serving as president for Jr. Dance Masters of Mid-America Ch. 34, teaching for The Dance Avenue, and even having the opportunity to choreograph for Iowa Dance Theatre. Upon graduating, ISU Dance faculty awarded Kelsey the Betty Toman Outstanding Contributions to Dance & the Affiliated Arts Award.
As an instructor, Kelsey’s passion is making dance accessible to all students, and instilling the life lessons dance has to offer beyond just the steps.