Kelsey Rose Young is an up-and-coming performer, teacher and choreographer based in Detroit, Michigan. Kelsey is on faculty with Showstopper conventions, Fuzion dance camp, and Motor City Tap Fest. She is the director and lead choreographer for the pre-professional tap company – Detroit Tap Repertory, as well as a member of Shelby Kaufman’s tap company, G.L.Y.D.E., and Detroit’s Jordan Mac hip hop crew.Kelsey recently performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as part of the DSO Educational Series and was a guest speaker at the Moving With Detroit seminar for dance educators. In 2015, she was a contestant on the FOX Network's So You Think You Can Dance - Season 12, advancing to the Vegas round. She has had the privilege of studying under and performing alongside many of today’s most respected tap dancers and legends including Arthur Duncan, Ardie Bryant, Bill Irwin, Gregg Russell, Chloe Arnold, Sarah Reich, Chris Broughton, David Mann, Jenefer Miller, and Suzy Guarino.
As a choreographer, Kelsey draws from her training and range of experiences as a singer and dancer to create a style that is intricate, gritty, passionate, and entertaining. Her pieces have received many awards and accolades across the country and she is quickly becoming one of the Midwest’s premier tap choreographers. Kelsey is a member of Cecchetti Council of America and is branching out into the ballroom arena completing her first season of amateur competition. She is currently working as a competitive tap instructor at two Metro Detroit studios and works independently as a choreographer for students throughout Michigan.Over the years, Kelsey has worked with the Jonas Brothers, Debbie Gibson, and Radio Disney and has performed in the Macy’s and Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parades, at the Detroit Jazz Festival, and at TedX Detroit.
The happiness it brings to my students.