Kelsey Gorelick Barrows was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and has been dancing for 27 years. She began her training at Nickerson’s School of Performing Arts at the age of 2. At age 6, she began training at Dance Theatre Southwest where she continued to train for 20 years. Throughout her early career, Kelsey had the opportunity to train at various schools under different techniques. Schools such as Kansas City Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and attended Julliard in New York City by the age of 17. Kelsey was accepted to Washington Ballet and Chicago Ballet at the age of 16, but decided to stay home with her family and continue her training until she was 18.
She began professionally performing in 1998 with New Mexico Ballet Company and continued to dance under contract until 2009. By the age of 14 Kelsey was dancing solo roles with New Mexico Ballet Company and was promoted to principal dancer with New Mexico Ballet Junior Company at age 16. Kelsey performed many roles during her career with New Mexico Ballet Company to include Clara, Chinese Variation, Flower soloist, Snow Soloist, and Merliton in The Nutcracker. Other roles performed with NMBC featured soloist in George Balanchine’s Serenade, corps de ballet in George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, Soloist in Coppelia, Ariel in The Little Mermaid, soloist in Dracula, corps de ballet in Aladdin and the Cave of Wonders, and Choreographer’s Showcase.
In 2012 Kelsey joined Festival Ballet Albuquerque as a principal dancer and performed as a Bride of Dracula and Lucy Wesentra in Dracula: A Love Story The Nutcracker such as Snow soloist, Flower soloist, Snow Queen, Lead Arabian, and even Dew Drop Fairy while 3 months pregnant. She also performed Firebird in Stravinksy’s The Firebird, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and was a principal in many original works, and other various roles during her time with FBA.
Kelsey has been a choreographer since the age of 12. Her original works were seen in the Young Choreographer’s Showcase with Dance Theatre Southwest from age 12 to 18. Kelsey is a nationally recognized choreographer with two original pieces being featured in the Regional Dance America Southwest Festival in 2014 and 2015. Kelsey was also a featured performer during the festival in 2014 and 2016. Kelsey has choreographed many works throughout Albuquerque, NM, including for the University of New Mexico, Festival Ballet Albuquerque. Kelsey has also choreographed for her students’ dance competitions, multiple pieces were awarded at the platinum level. Kelsey has been teaching since the age of 14 and quickly moved to rehearsal coach for preprofessional and professional level company members, and has continued to teach many genres of dance, with expertise in the fields of Ballet, Pas De Deux, Pre pointe work, Pointe work and variations, Contemporary, and Modern, and has experience teaching adult ballet from beginning to advanced levels.
Kelsey has an established modeling career in Albuquerque, NM as the “resident ballerina” and built a portfolio of various work specifically tailored to her dance skills, as well as a newly established makeup and hair artist for film and recently received her IMDB credit. Kelsey has also begun training in the aerial arts on Lyra and Scarves and is currently in school for fashion design with a focus on Costume Design, and previously graduated with her certification in Cosmetology in the state of New Mexico. Kelsey is married to her Army Veteran husband, John, and has two children who are her constant inspiration. Since Kelsey’s diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes at age 14, she has gained enormous amounts of life experience in the professional dance industry, as well as life in general.
Kelsey firmly believes in the healing properties of dance, and the exponential amount of growth it can offer a student if taught correctly. Kelsey does not believe in demanding perfection from her students, but rather their very best, and she embracing each individual student for who they are, recognize their strengths, and challenges the areas that need growth. Kelsey encourages each student to reach their full potential, and challenge themselves further while loving their bodies, being kind to themselves, and always working to achieve their goals and focus on their artistry.
Kelsey is beyond excited to have the privilege of teaching for Studio B and is looking forward to meeting her dedicated students.
“Thank you so much for giving me the honor of teaching your young artists. I hope to assist your children, no matter their age, to be proud of themselves and learn ethics necessary to succeed in the world with quality work and kindness to themselves and others.Thanks for having me on board!”